Femi Adesina

 

The Peoples Democratic Social gathering (PDP) has a fixation with 60 years. On the top of its heady days in energy, it challenged its Chi (private god) to a wrestling contest, vowing that it will rule Nigeria for minimal of 60 years. We all know how the story ended. The Chi gave the boastful celebration a thunderous pin-fall. So nice was the autumn that not all of the king’s horses nor all of the king’s males may put Humpty Dumpty collectively once more.

The Sugar Sweet Mountain of 60 years led to 16 years, with the bloody nostril Nigerians gave PDP on the polls by way of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2015.

Since that point, nevertheless, PDP has not stopped fantasizing about 60 years. Addressing the media just lately on the fifth 12 months anniversary of its nemesis, President Muhammadu Buhari, in energy, the celebration, by way of Kola Ologbondiyan, its Nationwide Publicity Secretary, mentioned the President and his workforce “have taken our nation 60 years backward.” Lol. What a neurosis with 60 years.

When the PDP lies, it speaks its mom tongue, its pure language, “for he’s a liar and father of all lies.” The celebration has turn out to be willfully blind and deaf to all progress occurring within the nation.

Again to English Literature class in secondary faculty, we had been taught what an oxymoron was: determine of speech by which apparently contradictory phrases seem in conjunction. That’s the reason we need to study the ‘good setback’ the Buhari authorities has given Nigeria, taking her again 60 years, in accordance with the PDP.

There are minimal of 600 street initiatives occurring in several components of the nation right this moment. What a superb setback. The Buhari authorities is doing what Napoleon couldn’t do, and so, it’s taking the nation ‘backward.’

Hear the story of the Bodo-Bonny Street. It had been on the drafting board for 48 years. It’s purported to be the primary hyperlink street between Bonny, the place the nation’s money cow, the Nigerian Liquefied Pure Fuel (NLNG) undertaking is sited, and the remainder of Rivers State. However no entry, besides by boats and helicopters.

For nearly 5 a long time, the Bodo-Bonny Street was solely within the realm of creativeness. Until Muhammadu Buhari got here. Work commenced on the $333 million undertaking in 2017, and estimated time of completion is 2022.

The 38 kilometers lengthy street runs by way of low mendacity marshland swampy terrain, with many culverts, two creek bridges of about 500 meters in size, and a serious river bridge of about 713 meters size. But, Buhari is constructing it, along with NLNG. What a backward motion!

Now we have mentioned loads concerning the Second Niger Bridge. And we will by no means cease speaking about it. The undertaking makes our coronary heart to beat Du du ke, du du ke, every time we bear in mind it.

The primary bridge was in-built 1965, and is the main gateway to the land of the smart men-the East. However the sole bridge has turn out to be grossly insufficient, and other people nearly see hell on it at main festive instances.

Authorities after authorities had constructed a brand new bridge-with their mouths- significantly since we returned to democratic rule in 1999. Every time elections approached, they usually wanted the votes of the folks, they might take cutlasses, hoes and shovels, go to the location of the bridge, and faux to be digging the bottom. As soon as elections had been over, they usually had received the votes they wished, it’s goodbye basket, I’ve carried all my apples.

Until Buhari got here. With out fanfare, no bravado, no theatrics, he set to work. The bridge is 48% accomplished right this moment, with sights firmly set on the primary quarter of 2022 as supply time. What a backward transfer, in accordance with PDP. And to assume the celebration can’t even full its head workplace, regardless of elevating billions of Naira, which developed legs and vanished.

What about rail? Have you ever seen the Warri-Itakpe line, which had vegetated for over 30 years? What about Abuja-Kaduna, already put to make use of? And Lagos-Ibadan, about 90% accomplished? Ibadan-Kano has been awarded, there shall be Lagos-Calabar, and plenty of others. However PDP says the rail traces are main us backwards by 60 years. What a superb backward motion!

Airports. The nation was rated as having a few of the worst airports on this planet earlier than Buhari got here. However right this moment, see ultra-modern terminals in Abuja, Port Harcourt, Lagos, Kano, and Enugu is approaching stream shortly. However they are saying it’s a flight backwards. Oh, I see. Such folks might by no means then fly ahead ever and ever. They’re perpetually caught in reverse gear.

Agriculture. We used to import every part. Even once we had a celebrated farmer as President, we introduced in rice from everywhere in the world, and beans from Burkina Faso. Maize, wheat, sorghum, millet, we imported every part. Fertilizer was one big rip-off, once we planted nothing.

Then Buhari got here. He informed Nigerians to return to the land. And he put his cash the place his mouth was. Agriculture was massively funded, and right this moment, we now have pyramids of rice around the nation. We not import any kind of grains, moderately our neighbors come to purchase right here. We’re virtually self-sufficient in meals.

Think about if such hadn’t occurred, and COVID-19 got here. No overseas change to import meals, all worldwide borders closed, nothing to eat. Nigeria would have been in horrible crises. However we thank God Buhari got here this fashion. He made all of the distinction. But PDP (Papa Deceiving Pikin) says it’s backward motion. I like that sort of backstroke, don’t you?

Eleven quarters of consecutive GDP development, earlier than Coronavirus threw a spanner within the works. But, they are saying it’s all backward motion. Non-oil exports have grown highest within the nation’s historical past. We’re taking large leaps within the Ease of Doing Enterprise. Mild seems on the finish of the lengthy tunnel of lack of electrical energy, with a clear take care of Siemens of Germany. For the primary time in over ten years, Nigeria is conducting clear bidding course of for 57 Marginal Oil Fields to extend income. Insurgency, crime and criminality are being robustly fought. COVID19, which has humbled the nice powers of the world, can also be being battled relentlessly. What of corruption? No retreat, no give up. Do the crime, do the time period. Greater than 1,400 convictions, and over N800 billion recovered in latest instances. But PDP says it’s backward motion. I hear.

When AfDB President, Dr Akinwunmi Adesina got here to see President Buhari just lately, I had a non-public dialogue with him. And he informed me of an African chief who met him and mentioned: “Those that don’t need you for a second time period in workplace say you aren’t doing nicely. But when what you might be doing is a nasty factor, please proceed with these unhealthy issues for the sake of Africa. We admire what you might be doing.”

Doing admirable unhealthy issues. One other oxymoron. However some morons don’t know oxymorons. So that they discuss of Nigeria being taken again 60 years. What a superb backward motion. Nigerians need extra of such.

*Adesina is Particular Adviser to President Buhari on Media and Publicity

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