By Simon Ateba/Lagos @simonateba
The All Progressive Congress Youth Forum on Sunday commended the “strides and performance” of President Muhammadu Buhari’s ministerial nominees during their screeming last week at the Senate but called on Senator Bukola Saraki and his colleagues to quickly confirm former Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi.
The group described the delay in confirming Amaechi as “unnecessary” and said the divided Senate should perform its constitutional duty “without recourse to personal vendetta or partisan obstructionism.”
“Political differences and partisan brinksmanship are normal in every society’s polity; nonetheless, they must be set aside when making decisions in the best interest of a nation,” said Barrister Ismaeel Ahmed, Chairman, APC Youth Forum.
APC youths described Amaechi as a great Nigerian leader who has served the nation, his state, his people and his party– the APC – with “all of his being and resources”.
“He is a rare icon, a tough and unwavering champion of the Change Movement and we support his nomination,” the group said.
Amaechi is being accused by a group in Rivers State of mega corruption. He has denied the allegations. But the absence of a report on a petition written against his nomination has delayed his confirmation.
Buhari defeated Goodluck Jonathan in March, promising to rid the country of corruption and hold accountable those who stole Nigeria’s oil wealth.
As a result, it took him more than four months after he was sworn into office in May to announce his ministerial nominees.
Those he finally nominated have come under scrutiny, including the former Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola, who was accused of building a personal website for over N78 million and two boreholes for more than N139 million.
Opposition figures and activists have said that by nominating and confirming candidates accused of mega corruption, the war against corruption might have been undermined even before it fully starts.
But supporters of the regime argue that allegations are not facts and every Nigerian is innocent until proven guilty.
Below is a full statement of APC Youths.
AMAECHI’S SCREENING DEBACLE
The All Progressive Youth Forum (APYF) commends the strides and performance of the Ministerial nominees sent in by President Muhammadu Buhari. The caliber of the nominees was further proven by their show of exceptional understanding of Nigeria – her issues, and the solutions to her problems.
The Forum also wishes to commend the Senate president and his colleagues for displaying a level of maturity and patriotism in the conduct of the confirmation hearings so far.
However, it is of great concern to the us that the confirmation hearing of one the most dedicated public servants in the last dispensation; the erudite Director General of our presidential campaign and former Governor of Rivers’ State, Rt. Hon. Rotimi Amaechi, is begining to take a new twist due to unnecessary and prolonged postponements on the basis of the absence of a report from the Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions chaired by Sen. Samuel Anyanwu.
While acknowledging the constitutional right and independence of the parliament to conduct such hearings uninterrupted by anyone or anything, it behooves on us to call on them to do so without recourse to personal vendetta or partisan obstructionism.
Rt. Hon. Amaechi is a great Nigerian leader. He has served the nation, his state, his people and his party– the APC – with all of his being and resources. He is a rare icon, a tough and unwavering champion of the Change Movement and we support his nomination.
Political differences and partisan brinksmanship are normal in every society’s polity; nonetheless, they must be set aside when making decisions in the best interest of a nation. The moment we upgrade these differences to the fore in processes that affect national interest, then we will likely truncate the foundation of a functioning government, the very essence of us all occupying our respective positions in the polity.
In support of a New Nigerian foundation being laid upon by President Buhari, we look forward to Tuesday for the expeditious hearing of Mr. Amaechi and his beckoning to serve, once again, his fatherland.
Barr. Ismaeel Ahmed
Chairman, APC Youth Forum (APYF).