The Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) has urged the Jonathan administration to take governance more seriously in 2013 to ease the hardship which his government has foisted on Nigerians, especially in the past year.
In a New Year message issued in Lagos on Tuesday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said since the country’s return to democratic rule in 1999, the year 2012 ranked among the worst years for Nigerians, even by the very low standard of a non-performing and profligate administration like President Jonathan’s.
It said having ambushed Nigerians on Jan. 1st 2012 with a totally unnecessary and punitive fuel price hike, the Jonathan government ensured that everything went downhill from that moment until the end of the year, when Nigerians had to pay far above the official price for fuel, with its attendant bandwagon effect on the price of goods and services.
”Mr. President, that singular act of your Administration helped to erode whatever trust Nigerians reposed in you. Since trust is a critical element between the government and governed, you must begin to rebuild trust by delivering on your promises, since trust can neither be decreed nor forced.”
The party advised President Jonathan to drop his amorphous Transformation Agenda in favour of a compact programme that prioritizes security, job creation, infrastructural development and the fight against corruption.