By Wahab Akanji, Abuja
The caucus of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the Federal House of Representatives has promised to support President Muhammadu Buhari in his strides to bring the country out of the prevailing economic and political challenges.
The support is coming on the heels of attempts to deal with the 2017 budget, Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) and review of the 1999 constitution among others that they are scheduled to undertake on resumption from the yuletide break.
While the opposition expressed reservation over anti-corruption crusade of the government, it regretted that the country appears more divided on critical national issues than before.
The opposition lawmakers however advised the President on the need to apply the right body language to Nigerians as a way to bolster the confidence reposed in him to lead the country.
In a statement after the caucus meeting yesterday, Minority Leader Ogor said, “Nigeria is at a critical juncture and all elected and appointed officials across the federation must renew efforts towards justifying citizens’ confidence which has been lacking not only because of economic inequality but also deepening segregation and the vicious cycles of conflict across the Nation.
“We join all other citizens in thanking God for this New Year and the fresh opportunity of a new beginning; as the National Assembly resumes, members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) House of Representatives Caucus intend to renew our commitment to the tenets of democracy and broad-based development in Nigeria.
“We must all brace up to the increasingly challenging factors across the landscape as all citizens, including those in government and active civil society organizations like the BBOG movement have critical roles to play.
“A biased anti-corruption war solely focused on those considered as political adversaries will further open the treasury to looting rather than implement the required safeguards, genuine change will reflect in proper management of the economy, an end to economic recession, addressing worsening unemployment and resolving violent clashes in which many innocent people continue to lose their lives in various communities.”
President Buhari was also advised to swing into action in earnest by sending the right signals to Nigerians as a way to bolster the confidence reposed in him to lead the nation considering the huge task to bridge the widening division within the polity.
“President Buhari has to be poised for action because the challenges facing our citizens are immense, governmental resources are increasing becoming scarce and Nigerians can’t afford to be patient when their livelihood is being threatened, he has to face the business of governance to bridge the division across our great Nation,” he added.
The caucus also commended members of Non-governmental organizations (NGO) for sustaining a tenacious campaign against extremism, malnutrition, human rights violation and drawing further attention to the plight of internally displaced people (IDP) across the country.