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Ex-APC Insider Critizes “Renewed Hope” Agenda as Public Anger Boils Over

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In a critical examination of Nigeria’s current economic policy, former All Progressives Congress (APC) National Working Committee member, Salihu Moh Lukman, voices his concerns, suggesting that the Federal Government’s “Renewed Hope” agenda is morphing into “renewed anger” among Nigerians. Lukman’s critique, articulated in a recent statement, underscores the growing frustration and economic hardships facing citizens, exacerbated by the administration’s policy decisions.

Lukman’s commentary arrives amid a backdrop of protests in Niger and Kano states, which he argues, reflect legitimate grievances rather than opposition manipulation as suggested by the APC’s official stance. The stance, which he deems “dishonest” and indicative of the party’s disconnection from public sentiment, signals a crisis of leadership and relevance within the APC, at a time when economic challenges demand coherent and empathetic governance.

The former Director General of the Progressive Governors Forum (PGF) makes a poignant appeal to President Bola Tinubu and APC leaders to recognize and address the harsh realities imposed by their policy choices. Lukman emphasizes the importance of not criminalizing the populace’s legitimate grievances, drawing parallels to historical protests against military and previous civilian administrations. He stresses the necessity for the government to adopt a more inclusive approach to policy-making, one that genuinely considers public feedback and fosters engagement.

Amidst escalating living costs and security concerns, Lukman calls for immediate action from President Tinubu to articulate and implement a clear economic policy. This policy should aim to alleviate the compounded pressures of subsidy withdrawal and currency devaluation, which have significantly contributed to the current economic discontent.

Reflecting on the APC’s response to the protests, Lukman criticizes the attempt to deflect blame onto opposition parties, particularly in regions where the APC holds sway. He argues that such protests are a natural and justified response to the dire economic conditions experienced by Nigerians, warning that ignoring or misinterpreting these signals could have severe repercussions for the party and the country’s democratic processes.

Lukman advocates for a strategic reevaluation within the APC, urging party leaders to mobilize government responses that address the democratic demands of citizens rather than resorting to criminalization or denial. He calls for a return to the party’s progressive ideals, emphasizing the need for responsible governance that confronts the economic challenges head-on, with transparency, accountability, and a genuine commitment to improving the lives of all Nigerians.

SourceThe Sun

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