by Dare Lawal
APC presidential candidate, Muhammadu Buhari, was in Lagos this week where he engaged with some of his core volunteers at the Federal Palace Hotel.
At the event, the governor of Lagos state, Babatunde Fashola, was on hand to make a few remarks during which without saying it directly, he summarised that the 2015 national elections will be about three major issues namely – security of Nigerian lives and properties; the economy and corruption.
According to the governor at the event, the Goodluck Jonathan administration has failed to handle those issues responsibly and so ought not to be reelected next year.
Yesterday, the Lagos governor was at it again, when he addressed members of the Yoruba Tennis Club and their Island Club counterparts. He scored Pres. Jonathan low and harped on those three issues.
Fashola said that the national government, formed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has failed to provide its most important responsibility, which according to him, is the security of life and property of citizens and protection of the territorial integrity of the nation.
He said that whereas a whole country was handed over to the ruling party in 2011, the same party is now returning to Nigerians to ask for another leadership mandate with only part of the country, having lost some parts to insurgents.
“They are returning now to ask for our votes with only a part of the country that we gave them because some parts of the country have been lost to people we didn’t elect. So, in that most important responsibility, they have dropped the ball.”
Also, Fashola said that the FG went as low as politicising the grave issue of the abduction of over 200 girls who were kidnapped from their school in Chibok, Borno state as well as the issue of the Ebola containment.
On the economy, Fashola said that the PDP-controlled Federal Government has also orchestrated about how it made the country “the biggest economy in Africa”. He however wondered why smaller economies could provide electricity for their people while the self acclaimed “biggest economy” kept her people in darkness.
“Please ask them why smaller economies could get petrol easily for their people and why we have to queue for hours and days to get petrol in a biggest economy in Africa,” the Governor said.
He also wondered why the so-called biggest economy in Africa is trying to buy arms from a smaller economy to secure the country.
He pointed out that the nation’s currency, the Naira, is now trading for N180 per Dollar while the South African Rand is trading at R11 to one United States Dollar.
According to Fashola, what matters is the quality of the life and prosperity of the citizens and not the size or number being bandied by the PDP-led government.
Governor Fashola tasked the people to figure out the last time the President went to present the Annual Budget in the National Assembly, an obligation which, according to him, is a constitutional one.