Protests against Buhari’s government are part of democracy – Masari
Bello Masari, governor of Katsina state, says President Muhammadu Buhari has done well in fulfiling his campaign promises.
Masari said this during an interview with Television Continental (TVC),
Buhari came to power riding the crest of popularity and massive goodwill as he promised to tackle major challenges bedeviling the country.
He was vociferous in his condemnation of previous administration inability to address insecurity, fix the economy and stem the vicious of corruption.
But almost six years into his administration, the Boko Haram insurgency In the north-east has worsened and every region of the country is battling one security challenge or the other.
3,326 citizens have been killed in criminal attacks — in 2020.
Several reports have also shown that his government is neck deep in corruption with top of officials in his administration indicted in staggering sharp practices and malfeasance.
Nigeria’s economy has also tanked with inflation at 17 percent while the 33.3 percent unemployment rate as of the end of 2020 is the highest the country has ever recorded.
In a clip from the interview shared by TVC, Masari said the All Progressives Congress (APC) remained the best party for Nigerian, adding that only APC could safely navigate the storm that enveloped the country.
He, however, admitted that he believes so because he leads Katsina, where Buhari is from, in addition to being a member of the ruling party.
“Anybody saying the rating of a particular political party has gone down… it can only be tested during elections. And from what we have seen in the (APC) revalidation of new members, I think you are getting it wrong,” the governor said.
The governor said protests over the dissatisfaction with the current administration’s actions and inactions are expected in a democracy like Nigeria, adding that things would have been different under a former president, who he did not disclose their name.
“I think APC is still the strongest, most reliable and dependable party in Nigeria today. (And) I don’t think Buhari has failed us. I think he has tolerated us,” he said.
“And you know we had a president, even though a civilian president, who couldn’t take all this rubbish that some people are doing. But he (Buhari) is taking everything.”
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