An outspoken chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) from the south-south region of Nigeria, Timi Frank, has written an open letter to President Muhammadu Buhari to urge him to act fast on the poor state of the nation. In the letter which was sent toNAIJ.com, Frank lamented the state of the economy, Nigeria’s human rights record under the present administration, killings across the country and the plight of ordinary Nigerians. Frank claimed that the economy was yet to fully recover from the recession and also accused the Buhari administration of failing to obey court orders. He wrote:
“Mr. President, it may also interest you to know that the economy under your watch has been terribly battered, with all the economic indices indicating that we are yet to recover from the recession of 2016, owing to your ill conceived policies as against the rhetoric of the erstwhile administration being responsible for our woes.
“The GDP growth before you took over government and three years after being in the saddle of governance attests to woeful failure of government policies while g*mbling with the nation’s economic gains. The high unemploymentand poverty rate as released by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) should be a cause ofconcern to any well-meaning Nigerian, as the masses can barely survive with their current meagre income which leaves them with little or no savings to embark on other meaningful economic ventures to better their lot.
“Furthermore sir, I am sure that you’re aware that the level of insecurity in the country now has reached an all time high with an average of at least 50 deaths weekly to the bewilderment of the an already wearied population, whose hopes are dashed on a daily basis. Only last week over 120 persons were kidnapped along the Birnin-Gwari Road in Kaduna State. The farmers/herders crises has continued to claim precious lives as if the nation is in a state of war. Moreover, the statement credited to you that the killer herdsmen were trained by the late Moumar Gadaffi of Libya is most unfortunate as nothing is being done to police the borders in order to prevent them from coming in as well as declaring a state of emergency on these murderous killers. Frank also apologized to former president Goodluck Jonathan, who he claimed was a better leader because of a number of reasons.
“I would first of all like to use this opportunity to formally apologise to the immediate past President of Nigeria, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, for all the tantrums and mistreatment orchestrated by me against his person while he held sway at the helm of affairs of our great country. “Indeed, I and many others may have misunderstood Jonathan’s silence for weaknessand thus pushed harder to malign his person andportray him as a weak leader. Having achieved the Change Agenda, it is now crystal clear, that the change we had clamoured for is not the change we got.”
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