The immediate past Governor of Edo State, Adams Oshiomhole, has asserted that the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, never promised Nigerians miracles before it took over power from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in 2015.
Oshiomhole made the remark while speaking on Channels television, on Monday night, August 21, maintaining that the party had done well since it took over the reins of power two years ago.
The former governor noted that President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration has recorded a number of successes in its anti-corruption drive.
He, however, stated clearly, that the APC cannot fix in two years what took many years to be destroyed.
“I think the party has lived up to expectation, the government has done very well. Nobody promised a miracle, there are no miracles in the life of nations.
“What takes several years to destroy cannot be fixed in two years. Yes, we have less than two years to go but I believe that a couple of things have changed, in fact, many things have changed.
“You will agree that for a long time, corruption was more or less adopted as a fundamental principle of state policy such that if you complained about corruption, you get sacked,” he said.
Mr Adams Oshiomhole who spoke hours after President Buhari addressed Nigerians following his return from his medical leave in London, also went on to commended the president’s nationwide speech, saying it doused the tension arising from across the country.
“That speech douse tensions, a lot of the tensions are being sponsored by people who have lost out of power.
“It is those who were victims of some of the struggles of this government, whether they were benefiting from insecurity or they were merchants of free money from the NNPC and other sources, those who are being called upon to account for the things they stole.
“They have a lot of money to throw around, and given the level of unemployment in the country, it’s very easy to assemble people, give them N2000 each to protest with placards. Suddenly these people have become ethnic champions.”
He further lauded the President’s comments on Nigeria’s unity, saying;
“The essence of his broadcast this morning was to say I am not only back, I am sufficiently strong to resume duties. I think that that perhaps, was the most important element in his speech; namely that ‘this ethnic champions will be dealt with according to law’.
“That nobody has a right to undermine the unity, peace, and stability of our country. Whether you are agitating to re-negotiate Nigeria and you are conducting yourself in a way that clearly undermines national security, you will be dealt with firmly.”