Akin Akande, Abuja
The Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) has condemned what it described as The Presidency’s hysterical reaction to the recent speech by former Lagos State governor Bola Ahmed Tinubu at the British African Diaspora Conference in London.
The opposition party said such reaction by The Presidency was unnecessary and diversionary.
In a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the part said instead of reading the speech objectively, The presidency pressed the panic button by sending its self-confessed ”attack dog” to criticise a report he had barely read and denigrate the ACN and its leader, an action that is now the favourite pastime of the presidency.
”The presidency went after the messenger, rather than the message, rehashing its old and stale clichés about the ACN and its leader, for daring to carry out an objective analysis of the state of our economy as well as the state of the nation and also suggesting the way forward,” ACN said
The party challenged the presidency to controvert what can be described as the kernel of the speech concerning the economy.
Asiwaju had in his speech raised the following questions to be asked about a country’s development: What has become of poverty? What has happened to unemployment? What is the state of socio-economic inequality?
”The ACN leader further posited: ‘If all three have declined from high levels, then development has occurred. But if one or two of these central problems have grown worse, especially if all three have, it would be wrong to call the result ‘development’ even if GDP has improved,” Wednesday’s statement read in part.
The party said The Presidency should rather tell Nigerians whether indeed the poverty level in the country has reduced since 1999 when the PDP assumed power at the centre, as well as how much unemployment has been tamed and how far the socio-economic inequality has been curbed.
”This is how to counter any perceived incorrect assertion by any critic, instead of engaging in name calling,” it said.