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Nigerians who criticise President Muhammadu Buhari and say he has not been functioning have been described as liars “from the pit of hell”.
Buhari critics were so branded by the All Progressives Congress (APC) spokesman in Lagos State, Mr Joe Igbokwe, when he spoke on Channels Television’s Politics Today on Monday.
Igbokwe, who did not deny that Nigeria is currently facing a heap of challenges, however said that past governments, and not Buhari’s administration should be blamed.
He said, “The PDP was there for 16 years and we didn’t see anything. In the midst of plenty, I cannot lay my hands on anything.
“Support your leader, don’t be a distraction. Anybody who tells you Buhari is not doing well is a liar from the pit of hell, given where we are coming from.
“If the President can solve all the problems of Nigeria in one day, they would have done it in the 60s. It’s a continuum.
“As the population is growing, the problem will continue to grow. As Nigeria is growing, the problem will continue to grow. So problems will never disappear from the face of the earth.”
Featured along with Igbokwe during the programme was Ken Olugbo, a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
He was quick to fault the Lagos APC spokesman’s claim, insisting that Buhari’s government has disappointed Nigerians in fulfilling his cardinal promises on security and economy, among others.
He said, “I can’t condemn entirely everything that President Muhammadu Buhari has done. I have said it and I have tried to always be objective.
“But Igbokwe must admit that we are hungry. Nigerians are hungry. The economy is bad. We need to move to a next level (of invigorating the economy).
“I am not saying we (PDP) had a perfect government, let us stop that blame game. We have passed that era of the blame game.
“We have always said it that PDP’s government isn’t perfect. In fact, Secondus apologised to Nigerians. For somebody to apologise, does that not tell you that we didn’t do well in a lot of areas?
“But we are looking at it. When you marry two wives, you compare the two wives. You have married the PDP, now you are married to the APC. Now Nigerians can see for themselves. We did better than what we are currently seeing.”