• Start nationwide rally February
By Ali Alkali
A coalition of youths, women and artisans organizations known as Forum of Non-Governmental Organizations in Nigeria (FONGON) had yesterday endorsed President Muhammadu Buhari for 2nd term in office at an event tagged “Buhari till 2023”.
FONGON is a coalition of 200 NGOs, with a total membership of 3 million, comprising students, women, artisans and youth groups drawn from the nation’s six geopolitical zones.
Addressing a press conference at Top Rank Hotel, Abuja, in front of thousands of members, the group’s National Coordinator, Wole Badmus, said: “We, the concerned NGOs, have come together to rally support for President Muhammadu Buhari Administration, because we believe strongly that it has, since assuming office on 29 May 2015, performed creditably in putting Nigeria on the path of growth and development.”
Worried over constant media bashing of Bahari administration by the opposition, the group condemned, in strong terms, what it called “an orchestrated campaign” going on across the country “to demonize the Buhari Administration, in order to pave the way for the return of the same people who brought the country to where it was before President Buhari launched his rescue mission upon assuming office.”
“We are concerned that unless an urgent action is taken, the voices of these people, whom we believe are being sponsored by looters and those who have been prevented from turning the nation’s treasury to their personal banks, may become the dominant voices,” said Badmus.
The strategy being used the naysayers, according to Badmus, is to deploy propaganda, social media rats and the agents of treasury looters to continuously heckle the Buhari Administration.
“We will no longer allow them to have a field day. We will not allow them to sabotage the efforts of the Buhari Administration. We will not allow them to take Nigeria back to those dark days. We will not allow them to dominate the airwaves, the streets and the roads. We will not allow them to mortgage our future for their selfish ends.”
To provide balance of terror in the political verbal war between Buhari administration and the opposition, FONGON unveiled plans to kick start a nationwide rally in support of the Buhari Administration.
According to the National Coordinator, Wole Badmus, “Starting from next Tuesday, February 6th 2018, we will kick start a nationwide rally in support of the Buhari Administration.
“The rally will start here in the nation’s capital, Abuja, and then move to all the six geo-political zones. It will be a rally like no other.
“We are fully committed to this programme. We will mobilize all the mobilizable and consult all the consultable. We will rally students, women, Civil Society Organizations, youth groups, farmers, etc. We will use all the facilities and platforms at our disposal. We will move from house to house, use media platforms, and use pamphlets to reach Nigerians across the country.
“No one should doubt our resolve. We won’t allow Nigeria to return to the dark days. NEVER AGAlN shall we allow enemies of the nation, looters and criminals to take charge of our affairs.
Admitting that the country is yet to be where it ought to, and things are still quite tough for the people, FONGON believes that “President Buhari is on the right path in addressing the problems facing the country. Those judging him harshly are being unfair and uncharitable, and have refused to look at the situation on ground when the Administration assumed office.”
As a reminder, the Forum listed dozens of achievements recorded by the Buhari Administration in security, agriculture, power, health, transportation, roads and other infrastructure – and most important, the fight against corruption.
“President Buhari is putting Nigeria on a solid footing. He has what it takes to do it. All he needs is the support of Nigerians. Had every Administration since 1999 done half of what the Buhari Administration is doing now, it would have been easier for the Administration to build on their efforts. But it is tough, having to build from the scratch.”