Governors of the ruling All Progressives Congress have said that the success of President Muhammadu Buhari’s regime depends largely on how much Nigerians at all levels make sacrifices for the government.
Speaking through Salihu Lukman, the director-general of the Progressives Governors’ Forum, their umbrella body, they said combating security challenges across Nigeria depends on support for the government.
Mr Lukman in a statement on Sunday emphasised that the activities of the government are hardly recognised by critics and opposition parties who barely give meaningful recommendations.
Stating that the problems of insecurity had graduated from insurgency to sophisticated acts of terrorism by bandits, he said the challenges were consequently reduced to partisan choices and the debate narrowed to current happenings without necessarily linking it to the bigger question of what needed to be done and how it should be done.
Recounting the recruitment of 10, 000 police personnel and increment in salaries, Mr Lukman said the government’s efforts are barely commended.
“For instance, in relation to addressing the problem of insecurity in the country, the Federal Government has commenced the recruitment of 10,000 police personnel as well as increased the salary of police by 20 per cent.
“These are hardly recognised by opposition politicians and critics of the government,” he said.
Mr Lukman maintained that the government deserves commendations especially in the context of the present institutional and legal framework where management of police services was exclusively the responsibility of the Federal Government.
He added that until Nigerians came to terms with the reality that financing government initiatives was the collective responsibility of all citizens, the government’s capacity to implement initiatives that could meet the expectations of citizens would remain weak.
He said Nigerians must therefore break away from all the fallacies that deceptively guaranteed certain levels of consumption habits in the country at the expense of productive activities.
He, however, added that there was need for the APC to refocus national debates towards strengthening initiatives of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government to produce the desired outcome of securing the country.