The Action Congress of Nigeria has urged the administration of President Goodluck Jonathan to “shake off its lethargy” and take governance more seriously in 2013.
In a New Year message by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, on Tuesday, Lagos, the party said since the country’s return to democratic rule in 1999, the year 2012 ranked among the worst years for Nigerians.
This, it attributed to “very low standard of a non-performing and profligate administration like President Jonathan’s.”
It said having ambushed Nigerians on January 1, 2012 with a totally unnecessary and punitive fuel price hike, the Jonathan administration ensured that everything went downhill from that moment until the end of the year.
The statement said, “‘Mr. President, that singular act of your administration helped to erode whatever trust Nigerians reposed in you. Since trust is a critical element between the government and governed, you must begin to rebuild trust by delivering on your promises, since trust can neither be decreed nor forced.
“Suffice it to say that Nigerians cannot and will not trust an administration that promises to fight corruption but has presided over the worst cases of corruption in the history of the country. Nigerians cannot, and will not trust an administration that set up committees after committees to probe the oil sector, only to shamelessly dump the reports of the committees in the garbage can!
“And Nigerians cannot and will not trust a spendthrift administration that wastes scarce resources on flimsy projects like banquet halls and mansions for a few government officials, when millions are jobless and homeless.”
The party advised President Jonathan to drop his “amorphous transformation agenda” in favour of a compact programme that prioritises security, job creation, infrastructural development and the fight against corruption.
It also advised the Jonathan administration to stop relying on phantom statistics to give Nigerians the impression that it is delivering the dividends of democracy, when indeed the opposite is the case.