Ex-Kaduna Governor, Umar Commends Acting President Osinbajo Performance In Office
Says ‘There Is Stability And Confidence In Nation’s Polity’
Human right activist and former Military Governor of Kaduna State, Colonel Abubakar Umar (rtd) on Thursday commended the Acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo for his outstanding trail blazing performance ever since President Muhammadu Buhari left for medical vacation in London.
Umar, who is also a pro-democracy activist, explained that since President Buhari left the shores of Nigeria, one and half month ago, the Acting
President has demonstrated good governance in office under the frontiers of change agenda.
However, the former governor acknowledged that this was made possible because President Buhari had laid the foundation for genuine democracy to thrive by transmitting power to his deputy as required by the law.
Umar cautioned “all those who are regaling us with stories of their daily phone contacts with Mr. President as this”, he said could only misrepresent him “as belonging to a few and therefore not to everybody as he initially declared.”
The former governor in a statement he titled: ‘The deft moves of Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo,’ and made available to Journalists on Thursday in Kaduna, said that in an efforts to reunite a dangerously polarized nation since the All Progressives Congress took over government,
the Acting President has paid visits to the troubled Niger Delta region and the North-east.
These zones, Umar pointed out, were genuinely alienated by the Federal Government’s discriminatory doctrine of favoring those who gave President Buhari 95 % votes over those who gave him 5%.
Umar, citing the implementation of the policy in the initial political appointments including those of the military service chiefs had the
negative effect of spawning a more determined Niger Delta militancy(that in turn, succeeded in crippling most of the nation’s oil and gas assets);
to the agitation for an independent state of Biafra, said the Acting President’s initiative appeared to have the belligerents to engage in meaningful dialogue.
This singular act, according to Umar who is also the Chairman of the Movement for Unity and Progress, had led to the suspension of acts of sabotage and in raising the nation’s crude oil output to the optimum level of over two million barrels per day; as per our OPEC quota, adding that ” Power generation has also gone up substantially, thanks to the reduction in gas pipeline vandalism.”
Besides, he added that the performance of the Acting President was worthy of praise, especially his proactive attention given to state matters.
The former governor said, “He has so far signed seven bills while rejecting four, offering cogent reasons for rejecting the others.
“Much to the relief of the nation, the acting President forwarded the name of the acting Chief Justice Onnoghen to the Senate for confirmation as substantive CJN just before the expiry of his 90-day acting status. This has averted what could have been a major political crisis in a fragile
federation as we have.
The acting President has been chairing very lengthy and regular weekly Federal Executive Council meetings at which memos are dispassionately
debated after which far reaching decisions are taken”.
“He has prevailed on the CBN to adopt new and more transparent Foreign Exchange Management procedures which have yielded the desired result of reducing forex market volatility. The Naira is making tremendous gain against the US dollar and other currencies, much to the delight of the masses. He met at the state house with senior members of the NLC and other demonstrators who are protesting the current economic hardship in the
This, Umar explained, was a departure from a situation where such demonstrators were forcefully dispersed by security forces and refused
access to senior government officials.
He added: “Even members of the Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG) group, a recognized ally of this administration, were prevented from meeting with
the President,” he added. Also, Umar noted that President Buhari deserved praise as well for his prompt transfer of power and continued support to his deputy as required by law, adding that the action would no doubt, enhance and sustain nation’s nascent democracy.
While condemning those he described as making ill thought out comments to portray the Acting President as a puppet, who needs the prompting from his principal, Umar urged Osinbajo to remain undeterred with the good actions he has already started.
“He must maintain the zeal and tempo of his good performance which will do justice to the patriotic wish and desire of his convalescing principal.
“He cannot afford to succumb to blackmail and selfish machinations of his critics. Nigeria is a nation in need of rescue.
“We must all come together to rescue it. The acting President needs all the support to steer the ship of state,” he added. To all those making frivolous calls to the President, Umar said, “We are optimistic that the President will speak to the nation as soon as he can and return as soon as he is able.
“Meanwhile all well-meaning Nigerians and their foreign friends are silently praying for the quick recovery and good health of President Muhammad Buhari, just as they are praying for the success of the acting President.”
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