Senator knocks Buhari for failure to deliver inaugural speech
* Sets agenda for Ikpeazu in 2nd term
By Steve Oko
Senator Mao Ohuabunwa representing Abia North senatorial zone (PDP), has expressed deep shock over President Muhammadu Buhari’s failure to deliver inaugural speech after he was sworn in for a second tenure Wednesday in Abuja.
Ohuabunwa who addressed newsmen yesterday in Umuahia criticised the President for the action which he described as a sad precedence in the political history of Nigeria.
His words : ” This was improper and unfortunate. How can a President fail to speak to the citizens after taking oath of office?
” Inaugural speech is very important to any elected leader. But the unfortunate thing in Nigeria is that people clap for their leaders even when they are in pains.”
Baring his mind on the gains of democratic governance in the country, Senator Ohuabunwa noted that although some achievements had been recorded, much still needed to be done.
He particularly noted that the inclusion of constituency projects for legislators had helped in the spread of democracy dividends to rural communities.
Senator Ohuabunwa rated Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu high in his first tenure but noted that “Abians expect more from him” in his second term.
Assessing the performance of Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu’s fist tenure.
His words : “Ikpeazu has done well so far but Abia is yearning for massive infrastructural development irrespective of what he has done.
” He has done well particularly in the health sector but we need him to do more.
“Abia is commercial oriented, so road is a very essential factor, and no community can undertake road project due to its capital intensive nature.
” So, we expect the Governor to do more in his second term and we will continue to support and uphold him in prayers more so now that he may pick the right persons in his new cabinet”.
On the electoral process, Senator Ohuabunwa regretted the refusal of President Buhari to sign the amended electoral bill, saying it was a “missed opportunity “.
According to the former Speaker, ECOWAS Parliament, most of Nigeria’s electoral challenges would have been fixed had Buhari assented to the bill.
He prayed that the President would be courageous to sign the bill in the 9th National Assembly in the interest of the country.
Ohuabunwa, however lauded the federal government for its bold move to wire local government share of the federation allocation directly into their accounts without recourse to states.
He hailed the decision to abolish state and LGA joint accounts, describing it as the major reason councils are underdeveloped.
The senator regretted that Governors had, out of greed abused council funds but added that such unholy practice would be a thigh of the past with the new policy.
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