The All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) has lauded President Muhammadu Buhari and the Federal Government for winning the war against Boko Haram insurgency.
The party, however, called on the government to use practical approaches that are less confrontational to resolve the Niger Delta crisis and kidnapping.
A statement by the National Director of Publicity, Ifeanacho Oguejiofor, said: “The All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) wishes its members, supporters and Nigerians a pleasant and remarkable New Year, as well as a hopeful and glorious 2017.
“The party urges Nigerians to learn to show care and love to one another by being their brothers and sister’s keeper. And to always engage in things that will promote peace, common good and general interest of the country.
“APGA implores politicians, especially the elected officials at all levels of governance, to be altruistic in their services and sensitive to the suffering and needs of the people, in order to extenuate the man-made and unacceptable harsh economic cum social conditions Nigerians are subjected to at present.
“Though the party resolved, at the inception of this administration, not to criticise the APC-led government without any justifiable reason, later events have, however, given the party cause for concern.
“Thus, APGA is worried, for example, that the Federal Government is treating it’s anti-corruption war as a replacement for the normal government function of governance. This approach has to be really changed if the APC government is to turn round the faltering and depressing economy. While there is improvement in the war against Boko Haram, new theatres are opening in the Southeast and Southsouth, mostly because of the government’s poor handling of the hitherto minor agitation.
“The party calls on the government to use practical approaches that are less confrontational to resolve the issues. The development in the Niger Delta calls for concern; the Federal Government must find constructive ways of engagement and resolution of the issues that gave rise to the recent upsurge in militancy.
“If disruption of oil supplies continues in this 2017, the economy will be crippled and Nigerians, especially the less privileged, will be the worse for it than it experienced in the preceding year.”