Buhari ‘ll return Nigeria to pre-Covid-19 era in 2021 – APC

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has expressed confidence that President Muhammadu Buhari, will take all the necessary measures to return Nigeria back to pre-Covid-19 normal conditions.

APC assured that Nigeria will come out of all its current challenges stronger and united, as recent events have demonstrated the efficacy of how successful the country can be in overcoming her security challenges.

The party gave the assurance Thursday in a New Year message to Nigerians, jointly signed by the Chairman, APC Caretaker Extraordinary/Convention Planning Committee, Mai-Mala Buni and Secretary Akpan Udoedehe.

“Surviving year 2020 was very difficult for humanity in every part of the world because of Covid-19 pandemic. Nations and governments had to shut down. A new normal, with all its adverse consequences on human life became the world reality. The struggle to save human life from the Covid-19 virus became the order of the day.

“Unfortunately, many lives were lost, and millions of people suffered as a result of being infected by the virus. Luckily, vaccine has been successfully developed in the end of 2020. With the vaccine, all nations of the world can begin to plan for return to normal life.

“As a party, we are proud that our elected representatives in government are able to put Nigeria among countries of the world that successfully control the spread of the virus. While commending the effort of our elected representatives, as a nation, we must not rest on our oars. Everything must be done to improve the capacity of our health institutions to deliver world-class health services to Nigerians.

“We also must recognise that, largely on account of difficult economic circumstances occasioned by decline in economic activities, our national security challenges got escalated. Our government is taking all the measures necessary to resolve the challenges.

“As a party, we are very conscious of the enormity the problem and we are convinced that Nigerians, across all divide, must unite and work together to bring about lasting solutions. Although, very slow in getting Nigerian leaders at all levels, irrespective of our differences to appreciate and accept to work together, we are surely gradually getting there”, the APC leaders said.

According to them, the mandate of Caretaker Committee to hold national convention for the election of substantive leadership would be completed before June 30, 2021, adding that competent party leaders will be invited to serve in Committees to ensure timely achievement of the mandate.

“As a Caretaker Extra-ordinary Convention Planning Committee, our mandate is clearly to lay a solid foundation for our party to rebuild itself. Part of it, which was unambiguously defined by the NEC resolutions of June 25, 2020 was to broker internal reconciliation and reconstitute our leadership.

“This was further affirmed by the NEC of December 8, 2020 and strengthened to cover the provision of credible and verifiable membership register for the party. Accordingly, we will expedite internal process of reconciliation and harmoniously resolve all pending leadership disagreements in the party before our National Convention.

“Already, the process of membership registration/revalidation has commenced. Everything is being done to ensure that our party membership will be updated regularly, and membership registration will be a continuous exercise.

“Nobody will be disenfranchised. We therefore appeal to all our members and leaders at all levels to cooperate with the members of the registration/revalidation teams that will work all over the country to conduct the exercise. Our party’s membership registration/revalidation will be followed by activities for the party’s leadership reconstitution at all levels, from Ward, Local Government, States to National. Ahead of all that, the Caretaker Committee will release a detailed timetable for all activities very soon.

“As a party, we want to assure all our members that our commitment to lead the process of political change in Nigeria is unwavering. Our ability to constantly strengthen the structures of our party is part of our change credentials. Other important requirements, which will include the review of our rules and other operational requirements, which are needed to make our party and our elected representatives more accountable to Nigerians will be considered and all the necessary steps required will be taken.”

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