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The Coalition of United Political Parties on Monday described 2018 as a year when poverty, job loss and impunity was promoted by the present administration.
Despite the ills associated with the year, however, it appealed to all Nigerians to forget the pains of the year and welcome 2019 with hope.
The coalition made the call in its new year message made available to journalists by its first national spokesperson, Imo Ugochinyere.
“The year 2019 holds a bright future for Nigeria starting with the rejection of Buhari and the All Progressives Congress at the polls,” he said.
Ugochinyere urged Nigerians to be ready to defend their votes in the 2019 general elections with every legal means at their disposal.
He said failure to do so would make the pains of 2018 a child’s play compared to pains of the new year.
He claimed that 2019 will be “more bloody and painful” if President Muhammadu Buhari is not rejected at the polls.
He said, “2018 was a year when poverty, job loss, impunity, tribalism, deliberate destruction of lives and properties were promoted by the APC-led administration against its own people.
“A new report by The World Poverty Clock shows Nigeria has overtaken India as the country with the most extreme poor people in the world. India has a population seven times larger than Nigeria’s.
“The struggle to lift more citizens out of extreme poverty is an indictment on successive Nigerian governments which have mismanaged the country’s vast oil riches through incompetence and corruption.
“The 86.9 million Nigerians now living in extreme poverty represents nearly 50% of its estimated 180 million population. As Nigeria faces a major population boom, it will become the world’s third largest country by 2050, it’s a problem that will likely worsen.”
Ugochinyere lamented that the APC-led government has done nothing to reduce the level of impunity in the country.
He added, “Nigeria has been ranked 13 out of 14 countries in the 2018 Global Impunity Index. This administration has done nothing to strengthen its laws to deal with killers, and we know why and government knows that as well.
“A lot of people are doing good things and working hard. But it needs to be even more because it is clear that there is a climate of impunity.
“When people are committing serious crimes, they get away with it, without being brought to justice, just because they are aligned with ruthless government.”