The Director-General, Progressive Governors Forum (PGF), Salihu Lukman, has asked the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Presidency to stop being passive and reactive to national issues.
Lukman stated that passive response from both institutions allows the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to portray the APC and President Muhammadu Buhari in bad light despite their achievements.
In a statement on Sunday, the APC chieftain added that the PDP and other critics of the President were taking advantage of the federal government to achieve their negative objectives.
The statement reads: “A major gap being exploited by the opposition against the APC and the Federal Government is that official communication both by the APC and the Federal Government are passive and reactive.
“Consequently, the opposition is succeeding in taking advantage of this reality to unfairly portray both the APC and President Buhari in a bad light.
“Efforts to engage Nigerians to secure ownership of policy initiatives are quite low, but quite some significant progress have been achieved.
“In both the North-west and North-central, problems of cattle rustling were rampant. Kidnapping was also there in many parts of the South-South and Southeast,” he said.
“To worsen matters, there was the 2014 corruption case of 2.1 billion dollars meant for arms procurement, which was diverted by PDP-led administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan.
“It is true that the problem of cattle rustling in the Northwest and North-Central has graduated to banditry, and it is assuming a war situation.
“However, it should be recognised also that the fight against Boko Haram has made significant progress. Unlike before 2015 when most parts of the Northeast were under the control of insurgents, this is no longer the case.”
Lukman said for the APC to achieve the goal of producing a new Nigeria, it must be a party with a united leadership, disciplined and respectful.
“The process of re-organising APC’s structures must make the party functionally active in facilitating negotiations between leaders at all levels and that all agreements reached must be respected by all.
“It is respect for agreements reached by all that can produce a new Nigeria.
“I appeal to the Mai-Mala Buni-led APC caretaker committee to conclude its assignment to amend the party’s constitution speedily.
“The APC should strengthen and prioritise processes of disciplinary hearings and enforcement of decisions.”