After months of blaming the embattled Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)-led government for Nigeria’s economic woes, the All Progressives Congress (APC) has finally accepted responsibility for the dire economic situation in the country.
The Chairman of the Progressives Governors’ Forum and Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, who spoke after the governors of the ruling APC met with President Muhammadu Buhari at the State House, Abuja, Monday said the party was also determined to fix the problems.
Governor Okorocha said:
“We are only trying to clear the mess of the past. But we must take responsibility and we must never shift the responsibility to anyone.
“As APC, we are responsible for everything happening in Nigeria, we are responsible: the good, the bad, the ugly. But we are promising Nigerians that we shall fix it.”
He said the APC administration feel the pains of Nigerians, he appealed to Nigerians to bear with the government, promising that things will be better by next year.
“There is no surgery that is not painful. Nigeria is going through a very serious economic surgery and that is the pain we are experiencing.
“We share the pains of Nigerians, every human being must feel it. We also feel what they are going through, but we are asking for a little patience, let us do things the right way and do it once and for all.
“I am sure that by next year you will begin to see changes. The price of rice will drop, the price of the dollar will begin to stabilise and we will see a lot of changes.
“But at this painful moment, nobody likes it. It is like a woman in the labour room, when she is in the labour room there is no joy, but she has to pass through that moment and in that moment she doesn’t wear her high heel shoes, no makeup, no champagne, no party because she is going through a process. But shortly after that process, joy cometh once she sees the child.”
President, Muhammadu Buhari, held a closed-door meeting with APC governors yesterday at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.