Presidency to APC: Jonathan not running economy aground

By The Nation on May, 7 2015

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THE Presidency yesterday fired back at the All Progressives Congress (APC) for saying the outgoing President Goodluck Jonathan government has crippled the nation’s economy.

Special Adviser to the President on Political Affairs Prof. Rufai Ahmed Alkali described the allegation as  ”immature, reckless and out of tune with the President’s desire and patriotic commitment to a peaceful transfer of power”.

He added: “Nigerians will recall that shortly after the results of the presidential elections were announced, President Jonathan inaugurated a high powered transition committee to plan and organise a hitch-free transition programme for the inauguration of the incoming administration.

“Surprisingly, it took the APC more than three weeks to wake up to its responsibility to constitute its own transition committee. How then can they turn round to accuse the government of frustrating the transition programme?

“Since the setting up of the committee, the president and the entire machinery of the Federal Government have been put on the transition mode and all government officers have been giving maximum cooperation to the incoming transition committee.

“By the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Jonathan remains in office up till May 29, 2015, when he formally hands over to the incoming President. The machinery of the government cannot be put on hold or frozen because the country is in transition.”

Prof. Alkali added: “Governance is a serious business. Their recent, frequent and unnecessary attacks on the President clearly shows that they are losing their nerves and are beginning to lay foundation to justify their failures in the near future and we want to remind them that Nigerians are not ready to accept any excuses for their failure.

“They promised to bring change. So, they must bring positive change to the well-being of Nigerians and urgently too.”

Source: The Nation


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