Thursday, January 30, 2014

#CODED-ish News::APC Intends To Kill Democracy In Nigeria

6:52 AM

Information Minister Labaran Maku, speaking today on behalf the Federal Goverment, said the intention of the All Progressives Congress to stall all the executive bills is "undemocratic, anti-people and anti-development".

It will be recalled that last Thursday, the APC has directed its members in the National Assembly to stop confirmation of the appointments of ministerial nominees and military chiefs, as well as passage of the 2014 budget - unless the Presidency addresses the crisis in Rivers State.

Briefing the press after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting that was presided by President Goodluck Jonathan, Minister Maku said such development, if indeed implemented by the APC lawmakers, could "cripple the nation's democracy," as well as endanger the lives of innocent Nigerians.

"If you say that the budget should not be passed, it means you want to stop the nation's economy. It also means that you want to ensure that traders who depend on the budget, farmers who depend on the budget, citizens who depend on the budget, teachers who depend on the budget, to go to hell or that you are endangering their survival because of partisanship.

"I believe that this kind of directive or position is anti-national interest, it is anti-development and it is not something anybody who loves this country and who is a democrat should encourage. We believe that the evolution of opposition parties is good for the nation. We want competition so that everybody will perform better. We may be standing on different platforms but we are all working for Nigerians. We are not enemies. We should not at any point begin to heat up polity, begin to truncate the development of ordinary Nigerians.

"When you say they should block bills which are for the development of the country and the well-being of the people, you are killing democracy itself and you are truncating national development. I believe that was a mistake, it must have been one of those slips of tongue. This democracy should be supported. If this nation progresses, it does not belong to Goodluck Jonathan alone or any party," the Minister said.

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