Etim Ekpimah

A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress and the party’s senatorial candidate for the Akwa Ibom North-West Senatorial district, Chief Inibehe Okori, has said the President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, will shock critics with his pronouncements on May 29.President-elect-Maj.-Gen.-Muhammadu-Buhari

Speaking in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital, on Sunday, Okori stated that Buhari would prove to Nigerians and the international community that corruption would be checked as soon as the president-elect settles down to work.

He added that Buhari’s proclamation, dedication and discipline would go a long way in restoring hope, faith and confidence of the citizens in the country.

He said, “Unlike other presidents, who were not prepared for leadership but foisted on the country by individuals and interest groups, the President-elect has consistently presented himself to the electorate to lead the country on four occasions and had his visions well enunciated.

“Buhari is taking over government on May 29 and from that day, I expect that he will make major pronouncements that will position Nigeria for greatness. This country must have a direction and move in the way it should. We don’t have any reason to be poor. We have no reason to remain the way we are – not after earning more than $50bn annually from oil and gas.”

Explaining that the expectations of the people from the incoming administration were high, he noted that there was the need for Nigerians to be patient with Buhari’s administration, saying, “Rome was not built in a day.”

He said within the period of one year of Buhari’s presidency, the international perception about the country would change and Nigeria would regain her rightful place in the comity of nations.

Okori lamented the poor state of the Uyo-Afaha-Nkan-Nkwot-Nnung-Ukum Road, which had remained motorists’ nightmare, regretting that the people of Ikono were made to suffer untold hardship from “a government that claimed it had already completed the road at the cost of N26.4bn in the 2014 budget.”

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