Former Minister of Sports, Solomon Dalung, has said the All Progressives Congress (APC) under the government of President Muhammadu Buhari had not fulfilled its promises to Nigerians.
Dalung, who served as a sports minister under Buhari from 2015 to 2019, raised concerns over the rising cases of insecurity, saying that people pray and fast over fear of kidnappers or bandits before traveling in northern Nigeria.
He stated that in the north, farmers pay bandits before they can be granted access to their farmlands, adding that the present administration has not dressed the needs of Nigerians.
Dalung spoke during an interview with the Hausa section of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)
The minister said, “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 a 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 produce, 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.”
The minister added that he speaks in the general interest of Nigerians, adding that he will be judged by God if he fails to do so.
Dalung also blasted the APC, saying that the party currently has no members because all of its members were dissolved by the caretaker committee.
He said, “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 die today, without speaking out against what is happening today, don’t you think God will question me for abusing Jonathan and 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.”