APC Dismisses Call For Onyeama’s Sack
The Enugu State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has dismissed calls by its suspended state Chairman, Ben Nwoye, urging President Muhammadu Buhari to relieve the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, of his position.
In a statement signed by its Acting Chairman, Adolphus Ude; the Party described the call as absurd and repugnant to common sense; stressing that it can only come from a fugitive politicians
According to the Party, the Minister has performed exceptionally well in office helping Nigeria assume a pride of place in the comity of nations as well as earning international goodwill for the country in spite of the many challenges Buhari-led government has had to face in the past two years.
The statement reads: “Attention of the State Working Committee (SWC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Enugu has been drawn to a report that the suspended state Chairman, Ben Nwoye, and others stalwarts of the Party have called for the sack of Foreign Affairs Minister, Geoffrey Onyeama, due to abysmal
performance in office.
“We wish to state that the APC in Enugu state neither took such decision nor asked Nwoye who is no longer in office to address a press conference on its behalf.
“The Party celebrates President Muhammadu Buhari and his entire cabinet for the numerous achievements this government has made
“For the record, in 2015 the Image of Nigeria internationally was in a deplorable state with very high records of institutionalised corruption and impunity. The Foreign Affairs Minister took conscious steps to change that perception and within a very short period, it restored the Country to its pride of place among the comity of nations.
“Today, there is now an international realisation that previous shocking levels of impunity, arrogance of power and corruption that bedevilled the country’s image and brand are no longer acceptable under the APC administration.
“In 2015, foreign investors were fleeing the country because the national economy which after rebasing was rated the largest in Africa had suffered serious damage and was almost prostrate. However, through strategic efforts and alliances forged for Nigeria by the Foreign Affairs Minister, Foreign Direct Investors are beginning to return to the country with renewed faith in the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP) which is a three year plan designed to reflate and redirect the economy on the path of growth. This has resulted in massive foreign capital investment in the country.
“The economy has started responding to the initiatives to re-attract foreign investors into the country inspired by the Minister as evidenced in the recent announcement by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) that the country has officially come out of recession.
“In spite of the threat to Nigeria’s integrity, security and peace by the Boko Haram insurgents, armed herdsmen, and Biafra separatist groups which is conveyed to the rest of world on a daily basis by both local and foreign media operating in the country, Nigeria has not been classified as a failed state among the comity of nations, because of the concerted efforts of the Foreign Affairs Minister in building and preserving a positive perception of the country in the minds of other world leaders.
“We cannot forget how the Foreign Affairs Minister under the instruction of President Buhari mobilised other African leaders to force erstwhile President Yahya Jammeh of Gambia to relinquish power in Gambia.
“Under the see of the Foreign Affairs Minister, Nigeria and President Buhari have enjoyed massive international goodwill and support as can be seen in the volume of high-tech Defence equipment the US and other Super Power countries have agreed to make available to the country at little or no cost.
“As we speak, the Foreign Affairs Minister is busy with ensuring that Nigeria appends its national signature to the anti-nuclear weapon treaty.
“Hence, we make bold to say that Enugu APC is proud of the Foreign Affairs Minister and his legacies which we hope will be immortalized in the anal of Nigerian history.
“Just as it said in law; “Res ipsa loquitor” (the facts speaks for itself), we believe it is only fugitive politicians with deformed minds who wish evil for this nation will call for the sack of a performing member of the federal cabinet.
“We advise Ben Nwoye to leave the Foreign Affairs Minister alone and return to Illinois state in the US where he is facing charges of alleged dishonest conduct in relation to two matters of his clients which led to his disbarment from the state Bar association.
“He should also find time to clear his name in connection with the petitions containing allegations of financial impropriety filed before the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).”