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Plateau Former Speaker Undermines Buhari’s Leadership, But Others Say He Is “Praise-Worthy”

by Christiana Gokyo, Jos

George Dika

Unsatisfied with performance of Nigeria’s present regime, a onetime Speaker of the Plateau State House of Assembly, who doubled as former Member House of Reps representing Mikang Shedam Federal Constituency and who is current member of the People’s Democratic Party, Hon. George Dika, has bared his mind on the ‘not credit-worthy’ of the present government, under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari, saying, “The APC has not done anything, compared to the past leadership.”

He said “Draw us back 50 years – colonial years – Nigeria is going back, because there is no fair justice and no accountability to the people.

“There is no single project that has been executed by the APC government; even the inherited ones during Goodluck that had reached 70 to 90 percent, just a few have been completed,” he noted.

Hon. Dika stressed that, “The present government has caused high level of poverty, hardship to the poor and needy and poor education – being below average.”

The former Speaker further observed that, “There is also high level of insecurity; crime rate is on the high, and the worst corrupt government.”

Speaking also, PDP caretaker chairman in the state, Hon. Gwoth Chocho, followed suit in observing that, “What government has done is least of what Plateau people expected. The APC government in the state has achieved nothing compared to their ‘change.’ Their ‘change’ is change to worst, not change for better.”

According to him, “This government is the worst government in the history of Nigeria. Government should be transparent, because they are not transparent.”

But in contrast to Dika and Chocho’s views, other persons, who spoke to our correspondent, on the other hand commended the federal and state governments for job-well-done, especially in the area of tackling the insecurity of this country, which has reduced, and appealed to them to do more.

They made the appeal, while at the same time urging Governor Lalong to look into the construction of Sparkling Junction Road that leads to Europharn Lo-hol Diye-Zaramagada-Rayfield Road.

The APC secretary in Plateau State, Bashir Musan-sati, has said that the federal government has done well, especially on the introduction of school feeding to enable every child go to school.

He said the present administration came on board when the country was almost collapsing, which the APC government under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari reversed.

He equally commended the federal government on the effort made in tackling the security challenges in the country, thereby reducing the rate of killing, kidnapping robbery and other crimes, especially the issue of Boko Haram.

According to him, the government has tried a lot during this present situation of Coronavirus pandemic in the country to curtail the spread of the varius, which is commendable.

Speaking on the leadership of Governor Simon Lalong, Bashir Musan-sati said, “I can say without any mixing of words that, the APC in the state has been able to protect lives and property of the citizens of the state, even if you stop there, everybody will say well-done.

“Lalong has been able to harmonise the different tribes of Plateau, bringing them together, and see themselves as plateau people, irrespective of their religious beliefs, different techniques, what have you and what have you not.

The APC secretary noted, too, that “The construction of roads is wonderful. Take, for example, if you come into Jos, if you go to Angwan Rogo, which they never expected to have road except for any providence that it is only their son; that’s a governor.

“The Plateau State University was closed indefinitely, and lecturers were sent off, and Lalong was able to bring them back, resuscitated the university; now, it is functioning and it has graduated some of its students; and also the fertilizer bleeding plant was abandoned, but it is back to use and also the street lights all over the streets in Jos.

The APC Secretary advised the opposition parties that, “If they have to criticize, let them come up with constructive criticism, so that we look at it: if it’s an area that we can make adjustment or amendment, yes, we will do that.

“But, it’s not just to make a blank statement that you know within yourself is false and you cannot even have course to defend it.”

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