The Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) Tuesday said Nigerians have every reason to doubt President Goodluck Jonathan's ability to deliver on his promise of bringing about positive changes in their living conditions.
While responding to the President's new year speech, the party said apart from the poor management of fuel subsidy regime, the administration has demonstrated lack of capacity in tackling the myriad of insecurity issues that have assailed the nation in the outgoing year.
President Jonathan in his season’s message to Nigerians said that no one should doubt his administration's political will and determination to deliver on its promise of positive changes in the living conditions of our people in the shortest possible time
However, in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Rotimi Fashakin, issued Tuesday, CPC said the hopes of Nigerians for a better and more prosperous country were dashed in the last 13 years by the PDP- controlled Federal Government.
"It is doubtful if the President truly believes that Nigerians can trust him on this one, after many broken promises in the past one year and sheer unwillingness to assuage the cruelty unleashed on them by his administration’s lethargy and incompetence."
Fashakin said the President and his forebears in the ruling PDP "have collectively mismanaged in the last thirteen years, the hopes of Nigerians and brought the Nation into impecunious status through unprecedented corruption and profligacy".
"The administration of the fuel subsidy, under the regime, has become a phenomenon in legendary opacity and monstrous corrupt tendencies. With N2.67 Trillion and N1.05 Trillion said to have been spent on fuel subsidy in 2011 and 2012 respectively, this administration has unwittingly created a bleeding pipe – in which the scarce resources of State are siphoned into private pockets of cronies and acolytes of the regime.
"The conundrum that this administration has brought the nation is that: any increase in world crude oil price would not translate into the prosperity of the Nigeria and her citizens.
"An administration that continually carries on with nauseous impunity, whilst the people’s rights to good living are continually being trampled upon, cannot be trusted. An administration, that is incapable of prioritizing the nation’s need as against the avaricious comfort of its principals and minions, cannot be trusted"
On security, Fashakin alleged that the administration has demonstrated lack of capacity in tackling the myriad of insecurity issues that have assailed the Nation. According to the CPC spokesman, it had become a regular template of the President to give assurances of investigation and security cover after each deadly bomb blast by terrorists.
He said the President’s speech was meant to fulfill a hollow ritual and not the communication based on perspicacious planning for a better future.
"On our part, we wish the Nigerian people Merry Christmas and prosperous New Year. We heartily congratulates the Nigerian people for stoically wading through a very horrendous year, largely made so by the deliberate pauperization policy of the PDP-led ruling Federal government, " he said.