The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) wants the opposition to go beyond criticisms and partner with the government by offering solutions to the country’s bitting challenges.
Since President Bola Tinubu’s administration assumed power in May, the nation’s cost of living has increased dramatically, and inflation has reached all-time highs. Numerous measures, such as the elimination of gasoline subsidies and the floating of the naira, Nigeria’s currency, seemed to have made matters worse and led to unrest in certain areas.
APC spokesman Felix Morka wants the opposition, led by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the Labour Party (LP), to do more in light of the nation’s struggles than just make fun of the administration.
“One of the concerns we have is that opposition is not about condemning,” Morka said on Tuesday’s edition of Channels Television’s Politics Today, arguing that the PDP and LP also campaigned to undertake some of the reforms the Tinubu government is undertaking.
“So, it is not enough to just condemn. These leaders should be able to – assuming they have that silver bullet that they say the government is not deploying – point it out,” the APC chieftain added.
Morka who said the government is aware of the challenges facing Nigerians, called for patience as the administration is new.
“This government is not one year. We are a few months,” he maintained. “Look at the inputs under this government. The bold steps they have taken to tackle these fundamental problems.”
According to him, the difficulties are temporary routes to getting the country working.
‘Much Better Place’
The House of Representatives had called in the governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Yemi Cardoso, the ministers of finance and coordination of the economy, Atiku Bagudu, and National Planning. The lawmakers were concerned about the harsh economic conditions and growing cost of living in Nigeria.
Edun expressed confidence during the discussion that the nation’s economy was headed toward recovery.
“Where we are as a nation economically is a much better place than we were on the 29th of May, 2023. We have heard from the governor of the CBN. He has talked about the importance of sustainability,” he said in Abuja.
“Before the implementation of the 8-point agenda of the President began, we were in an unsustainable place in terms of the fiscal situation of Nigeria. We were on the road to economic disaster.”