A former Minister of Sports and Youth Development under the first term of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration, Solomon Dalung, has revealed that President Buhari is presently not a member of the All Progressives Congress, APC, .
Speaking in an interview with the British Broadcasting Corporation, BBC, Hausa Service, Dalung stated: “Our party, the APC, is like a dying party, because as I am talking to you right now, they have dissolved the party completely, it has no members, even the President is not a member.”
Lamenting on the high rate of insecurity in the North, the former Minister said that the situation is such that people fast and pray for days, before embarking on a road trip.
According to him, Farmers have to pay gunmen before going to the farm, adding that, nobody had ever experienced this kind of situation, prior to the President Buhari administration.
His exact words: “In the North, if you are a Muslim, and you want to travel, you must pray, fast for days, before embarking on the journey. If you are Christian and you want to travel, you must fast and pray for days, before you travel.
“Even if the journey is successful, you will still go to the Hospital, because of high blood pressure arising from fear during the journey. We have never experienced this kind of situation. Imagine in the North, before you go to your farm, you will have to pay gunmen, to allow you farm. If you want to harvest your farm produced, you will still have to pay gunmen, before they allow you to harvest.
“So, how can there be farming in the North? We have never experienced this kind of situation. It is our APC government, but this government has not addressed the needs of Nigerians. It is our government, but if we are not doing the correct thing, it is our responsibility to speak out, because we spoke against some people in the past, and we need to speak to ourselves too.
“You know me and everybody in Nigeria knows me. Whether I am still a Minister, even if I am the President, whatever I see that is not right, I must speak out, not because of myself, but in the interest of the generality of the people.
“If for example, Solomon Dalung collapses and dies today, without speaking out against what is happening today, do you not think God will question me for abusing Jonathan, and for not speaking out on our failure? That is what I am afraid of, not anybody.
“Our party, the APC, is like a dying party, because as I am talking to you right now, they have dissolved the party completely, it has no members, even the President is not a member.
“The Caretaker Committees are the members of the party, the party has no members, because membership of everybody has been dissolved, so right now, we are not members of APC, until they bring membership cards for us to join the party, like Army recruitment. So right now even the President is not a member of the APC, until he appears before this Committee.”
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