Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, on Saturday said the mistakes of the past would not be repeated in 2019 in a new resolve “to make Nigeria work again”.
Ekweremadu made the declaration during his acceptance speech at the 2017 Silverbird Awards, where he received the Silverbird Legislative Award in Lagos.
The Enugu State-born politician, in a statement by his media aide, Uche Anichukwu, blamed the ruling All Progressives Congress for the hardships visited on Nigerians while reacting to an earlier speech by the Majority Leader of the House of Representatives, and assured that the situation would be soon be remedied, Daily Trust writes.
“My friend, Hon. Gbajabiamila, admitted that we are passing through difficult times, but he did not go to the extent of telling us how we got there. We have over a hundred students in Yobe, who are now in the forests. We are not sure whether they had food this night. We are not sure of their health situation,” he said.
“He didn’t tell us that we have thousands of Nigerians, who are out of school.
“He didn’t tell us how eight million Nigerians, who lost their jobs in 17 months, according to the National Bureau of Statistics, will regain their jobs. He didn’t tell us how we could regain our glory before the international community in terms of fighting corruption. He didn’t tell us how water would flow from our taps again or how power would be restored.
“He didn’t tell us how fuel would get into our cars because today, our filling stations are on the streets- in jerry cans. And they call them APC fillings stations”.
The lawmaker however stated that the situation would be turned around in 2019.