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Democracy Day: APC restates commitment to progressive reforms



Democracy Day: APC restates commitment to progressive reforms

By Emmanuel Mogbede

The All Progressives Congress (APC) said its commitment to progressive reforms and election promises remain steadfast.

The party gave this assurance in a statement Friday in Abuja by Senator John Akpanudoedehe, national secretary of its Interim and Planning Committee of the Extraordinary Convention (CECPC).

The party congratulated President Muhammadu Buhari and Nigerians on Democracy Day 2021 celebrated on Saturday June 12.

Akpanudoedehe noted that this year’s Democracy Day coincided with the sixth anniversary of the people-oriented Buhari administration and the 22nd year of continued democratic governance in Nigeria.

He recalled that it was the APC administration led by Buhari that declared June 12 Democracy Day, in accordance with the party’s unwavering commitment to democracy, as reflected in its mission statement and vision. .

“As Nigerians mark Democracy Day 2021, it is important to note that Africa’s most populous country remains the continent’s largest economy under the leadership of President Buhari,” he said.

He said this was all the more true as the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) stood at $ 514 billion, as published in the World Bank’s latest report.

Akpanudoedehe said this was despite the decline in oil production caused by the negative impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the global economy.

“The proactive and successful implementation of the 2.3 trillion naira Economic Sustainability Plan (ESP) has not only boosted the economy and prevented the collapse of businesses amid the global COVID-19 pandemic.

“It has also created jobs by supporting labor-intensive sectors such as agriculture, public works and by providing credit to small and medium-sized enterprises.

“The proactive measures paved the way for Nigeria’s rapid exit from the recession,” the APC scribe said.

He added that the country’s economy had returned to steady growth thanks to prudent economic management despite the meager resources available to the government.

He expressed his gratitude to the President for his political will in posthumous honor of MKO leader Abiola, the alleged winner of the June 12, 1993 presidential election.

Akpanudoedehe noted that MKO paid the ultimate price in the struggle to actualize its unjustifiably canceled electoral mandate.

He added that the leadership of the APC and millions of its members and supporters would continue to recognize and appreciate the sacrifices made by many Nigerians for the inauguration of democracy in the country.

This, he said, contributed to the decision to officially recognize June 12 as Democracy Day.

He noted that during the six years of the Buhari administration, Nigeria has experienced an unprecedented renewal of vital infrastructure designed to support the continued expansion of the country’s economy.

According to him, this facilitated internal commerce, improved social interactions and promoted the ease of doing business.

He further noted that no government in the country’s history has consistently taken steps to create jobs and reduce poverty like the administration headed by President Buhari.

“In social investment programs (NSIP) like N-Power with an approved input of one million participants and the home school feeding program, 774,000 young Nigerians were paid under the public works program. (SPW) targeting the poor. and low-skilled youth.

“This is one of the biggest job creation initiatives ever in Nigerian history, thanks to the government led by Buhari.

“The security challenge that the country has faced for more than a decade is being successfully tackled.

“The insurgency in the northeast has been virtually quelled, with security forces carrying out demining operations,” he said.

Akpanudoedehe added that kidnappings, banditry, clashes between farmers and herders and emerging separatist unrest in the South East and South West were contained.

He said the destruction of public facilities, including the offices of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), several police stations and correctional centers had also been reduced.

According to him, many criminals engaged in subversive activities have been neutralized, apprehended and will face the full weight of the law.

“Under the APC administration, our armed forces are now better equipped with new advanced platforms that have enhanced their ability to fight terrorists, insurgents and other criminals.

“They are leading the battle from their hiding places. Currently, no inch of Nigerian territory is under the control of Boko Haram, ”he said.

He added that the hideouts of bandits, kidnappers and other criminals were being cleaned up and the disbelievers suffered heavy losses on a daily basis.

He urged stakeholders and all well-meaning Nigerians to avoid politicizing or being simplistic about the security situation.

Akpanudoedehe said our duty to the nation as good citizens should take precedence over political party affiliation.

He added that now was not the time to take the podium on the sensitive issue of national security.

Regarding the fight against corruption, he said that the EFCC, ICPC and other sister agencies have detected cases of fraudulent self-enrichment and recovered hundreds of property and money.

He said the agencies had also won hundreds of cases and that some of the culprits were now serving prison terms, including high profile politically exposed persons.

“The public procurement process and the rigorous oversight by the National Assembly of government ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) have reduced the brazen misappropriation of public property as was the case in the past,” he said. -he declares.

He said the federal government’s undeniably successful anti-corruption efforts have freed up more funds for critical infrastructure projects.

He said the party leadership is redoubling its efforts to accomplish the tasks ahead in 2023, adding that the CECPC is rebuilding the APC to strengthen democracy.

He stressed that the party’s commitment to leading the process of political change in Nigeria was unwavering.


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