SUNDAY ODE, Abuja
The Presidency said on Tuesday that it would be unfair to conclude that the President Muhammadu Buhari-led All Progressives Congress (APC) government has failed when it has two more years to complete its four- year tenure.
Speaking at a press briefing held in the Presidential Villa, Abuja to flag off activities marking this year’s edition of Democracy Day, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, stated that those holding the view were just expressing personal opinion.
He argued that it would be hasty to write the report of four- year tenure in two years, adding that a lot more would be achieved in the next two years when the administration would have ran its full circle of first tenure.
According to him, the Buhari administration would take the country to where it ought to be in the comity of nations.
He said: “The person that asked the question said there is a buzz in town, I am sure that you have not conducted a scientific survey that shows you that that is a popular position. People can always express their opinions, there is liberty on that but you don’t have a scientific survey that has given you the percentage of people that believed that the APC has failed.
“The second point is that, when a government via a party is voted into office, it is voted for a four- year term under our own democratic arrangement. When you have spent two years which is like a midterm, the first half of a game, you don’t then determine that it has succeeded or it has failed. No. You can be accused of being atomistic, using a small part to determine the whole.
“You can’t write the report card of this administration when it is just hitting the half way mark, that will not be fair. The term is four years and the promises are going to be stretched over that four- year period. Like the minister of sport said recently, APC did not promise to solve all the country’s problems in one year or two years. The mandate the party has is four years and it is pacing itself as it goes along and I am sure that by the end of those four years we will have a lot more to record.
“It is not by a sudden flight, it will not come by a snap of a finger but will the promises be fulfilled? Yes, I believe it will be fulfilled. This administration will take Nigeria far beyond how it met it. So if anybody says APC has failed just tell them is too early in the day because is a four year-term and this is just two years. You don’t reach definitive conclusions in two years.”
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