From Yakubu Busari in Jos
The worsening insecurity in the country has come under the gaze of a stalwart of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, Chieftain and ex- Minister of Sports, Solomon Dalung, with a verdict that both the Federal Government and the party has failed Nigerians, irredeemably.
The former sports minister who served during the first tenure of President Muhammadu Buhari and notable for his outspokenness, said the situation in the country is so dire that Nigerians of whatever belief pray before embarking on a journey and then ends up in the hospital over high blood pressure.
Dalung who made the statement during an interview over the weekend with the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), said; “In the north, if you are a Muslim and you want to travel, you must pray, fast for days before embarking on the journey. If you are Christian and you want to travel, you must fast and pray for days before you travel.
“Even if the journey is successful, you will still go to the hospital because of high blood pressure arising from fear during the journey. We have never experienced this kind of situation.
He said the APC led Federal government has not fulfilled its promises to Nigerians.
According to him, farmers had to pay gunmen before going to the farm because of the insecurity in the North. He also said that nobody had ever experienced this kind of situation.
“Imagine in the north, before you go to your farm, you will have to pay gunmen to allow you farm. If you want to harvest your farm produced, you will still have to pay gunmen before they allow you to harvest. He said.
“So how can there be farming in the North? We have never experienced this kind of situation. It is our APC government, but this government has not addressed the needs of Nigerians. It is our government, but if we are not doing the correct thing, it is our responsibility to speak out because we spoke against some people in the past and we need to speak to ourselves too”, Dalung said.
Dalung, who is an APC member, said the failure of the APC government is so glaring that “everybody knows”.
Dalung said he was not afraid to speak out and that other members of the party should also speak out like they need during Jonathan’s government.
“You know me and everybody in Nigeria knows me. Whether I am still a minister, even if I am the president, whatever I see that is not right, I must speak out, not because of myself, but in the interest of the generality of the people”, he said.
“If for example, Solomon Dalung collapses and die today, without speaking out against what is happening today, don’t you think God will question me for abusing Jonathan and for not speaking out on our failure? That is what I am afraid of, not anybody.
“Our party, the APC is like a dying party because, as I am talking to you right now, they have dissolved the party completely, it has no members, even the President is not a member.
“The caretaker committees are the members of the party, the party has no members because membership of everybody has been dissolved, so right now we are not members of APC until they bring membership cards for us to join the party, like army recruitment. So right now even the President is not a member of the APC until he appears before this committee”, he said.