The All Progressives Youth Forum (APYF) has warned the National Assembly to stop denigrating the effort of President Muhammadu Buhari administration to address the huge social imbalances created by the same Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) whose members are now at the forefront of the new onslaught in the Senate to stop young Nigerians from benefitting from our Commonwealth through the social investment program of the current administration.
It is sad that the Senate Minority leader, Senator Abiodun Olujimi, who as a mother herself should celebrate the fact that the government is now productively engaging hitherto jobless young people is the very person leading the campaign against a well-designed welfare system that can protect people from hardship, safeguard the economy from shocks, develop people’s skills and improve their ability to participate in society and the labour market.The House of Representatives, led by the opposition PDP, has also not relented in its efforts to whip public sentiment against the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo.
Recently, the House, which constituted itself into an ‘investigation agency’ in clear contravention of its constitutional mandate issued a summon to the Vice President over what it termed “illegal approval of N5.8 billion north-east intervention fund”. In all this, the clear target of both the Senate and the House of Representatives is Professor Osinbajo who has admirably coordinated the social intervention initiatives of President Buhari administration. The scheme of the ‘opposition National Assembly’ is to call to question the integrity of the Vice President and discredit the program he coordinates. This plan has failed woefully.
It is encouraging to note that the reactions from majority of Nigerians, beneficiaries and stakeholders in the Social Investment Programs (SIP) have been positive; until some of our anti-people legislators stepped in. The National Assembly is now clearly the number one enemy of the common man, projecting the elitist ideology of its leadership and deriding the intervention aimed at bailing out the most vulnerable in our midst.
While Senator Olujimi and some of her shortsighted PDP colleagues in the National Assembly are busy thinking of the next election; the government of President Muhammadu Buhari is committed to the future of Nigeria and its people. The APC government would continue to invest in the Nigerian people, irrespective of their religion or party affiliations. All beneficiaries of the social investment programs are free to belong to any political party of their choice; the Buhari government will not politicise or trivialise a program that is a lifesaver for many families.
Going forward, we warn the National Assembly and its leadership to desist from denigrating the social investment programs and the beneficiaries, or they will be confronted with the anger of the teeming Nigerian youths whose future is gradually being shaped by the current forward-thinking government of President Buhari. Indeed, the social investment program which is giving the ‘opposition Senate’ headaches, is one of the many interventions of the present government in its on-going efforts to strengthen the social backbone of our country.
No amount of mischief from the National Assembly or anywhere else can distract President Muhammadu Buhari from delivering to Nigerians an egalitarian society in which all citizens live above the threshold of poverty.