By Lukman Olabiyi
A A youth and women’s group within the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) called PDP New Generation lamented that Nigeria is on life support and needs saving from the misrule of the ruling All Progressives Congress party ( PCA).
The group which lamented the state of the nation’s affairs in a statement issued by its spokesperson, Mohammed Ahmed Gorko, said that with all the campaign promises made by the APC before boarding, the party had not only failed in all facets of national life, but set Nigeria back years.
The support group’s statement read in part: “With all the crusade promises made by the APC, when they came on board, they not only failed in every facet of our national life, but reduced Nigeria to rank as the poverty capital of the world. The whole system has been bastardized and smothered to the point that the country is on life support and needs rescue.
“Under this administration which campaigned vigorously to tackle insecurity, Nigeria witnessed the attack on the Kaduna-Abuja train which cost the country over N3 billion in revenue since the attack.
“The education sector is on the verge of collapse with a prolonged strike forcing university students to sit at home for almost seven months while their dreams are shattered. Our schools have become dilapidated with little or no infrastructure to help and stimulate research.
“In the health sector, there is a continuous and constant brain drain. It is estimated that at least 12 Nigerian doctors leave the shores of this land to practice abroad every week. The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) said it produces 1,600 doctors each year and nearly 1,200 leave the country.
“Nigeria’s unemployment rate also increased from 18.8% in the third quarter of 2017 to 23.1% in the third quarter of 2018. In 2021, the total unemployed population in Nigeria was estimated at around 6.3 million. people.
“The power situation is not acceptable as the national grid has collapsed seven times in 2022 alone. As of March 2, 2022, Nigeria’s power generation had fallen to 3,983.9 MW.
Regarding the economy, the group said that in 2015 the inflation rate was in the single digits of (8%) but today it stands at (18.17%) resulting in a surge uncontrollable food prices. The monetary and fiscal policies were so bad that they caused the Naira to fall without a parachute.