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Dino Melaye: I Fear Being Stoned For Buhari, APC Failure

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Following economic hardship and poor governance, Senator Dino Melaye,

senator representing Kogi west, has said he fears being stoned by his

constituents for luring them to support President Mohammadu Buhari and the

All Progressive Congress, APC.
The Kogi born Senator who wants President Buhari to shake up his cabinet,

recommending the dismissal of three top government officials, said the

“body language” of Buhari no longer effective.

He said the “widely-acclaimed magical body language” of Buhari has lost

its efficacy, lamenting the hardship across the land.

“The president must immediately transit from mere rhetoric to drastic but

positive action to save the economy and Nigeria from total collapse. The

hunger in the land is real, pervasive, widespread and debilitating for the

poor masses,” Melaye said in a statement.
“I was a permanent fixture at the All Progressive Congress (APC's)

Presidential campaign rallies and events, functioning mostly as the Master

of Ceremonies (MC). I am a proud APC Member, a party bonafide with a great

stake in the success or failure of this administration, so no one can

accuse me of sour grapes or meddlesomeness.
“As I walk the streets of my constituency these days, I constantly harbor

a foreboding that I could be stoned by my angry constituents for the

failure of Mr President to fulfill his campaign promises and expectations

to Nigerians.
“Nigeria is tottering on a dangerous precipice, sliding perilously to a

certain catastrophe if the current economic malaise is not halted

immediately.”
He said those to “face the axe immediately” if the economy must be

effectively rebooted to deliver on the change agenda of the current

administration are Kemi Adeosun; minister of finance, Udo Udoma, minister

of budget and national planning; and Godwin Emefiele, governor of Central

Bank of Nigeria (CBN).
“The finance minister has not only displayed gross incompetence on the

job, she also lacks the basic and rudimentary grasp of economic

fundamentals necessary to run a critical sector of the Nigerian economy

like the finance ministry. It is time for her to go now and pave way for a

qualified and experienced person to steer the Nigerian economy away from

the dark woods it has sunk presently under her stewardship,” he said.

“To be sure, Senator Udoma Udo Udoma is a very charismatic man, an

accomplished lawyer, and a quintessential gentleman with a fairly

untainted reputation. In everyday parlance, he is a good man. But the

critical job of budget and national planning minister for a huge country

like Nigeria, with her prevailing economic challenges requires much more

than being a good man with a great personality.
“As a lawyer, accomplished in this field as he is, Udoma's appointment to

that position is nepotism taken to very ridiculous heights; and a classic

case of putting round pegs in square holes-it will, and can never fit. It

is akin to saddling a carpenter with a tailor's responsibility. The

outcome under the circumstances, as has become evidently clear, is bound

to be catastrophic for the economy. President Buhari must therefore do the

needful now by relieving Udoma of this huge burden that is constituting a

clog to the revival of the Nigerian economy.”
He accused the CBN governor of “policy flip-flops, summersaults and

inconsistencies as clear evidence of gross incompetence in the management

of the nation's fiscal and monetary policies”.
“The net effect of this inconceivable ineptitude on the part of Emefiele

is the free fall in the value of the naira and the total loss of faith and

confidence by the international community on the Nigerian economy,” he

said.
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