By Hannah Nathan, Warri
The present administration has been informed by the Inter-Party Advisory Council, or IPAC, that they were chosen to address issues for the benefit of the general public, not to offer weak justifications based on heavy burdens left over from previous administrations.
The Council further stated that the challenges that were ahead would call for extraordinary levels of patriotism, political astuteness, leadership skill, and resolve to overcome.
In a message delivered to Nigerians on New Year’s Day and signed by its National Chairman-elect, Yusuf Mamman Dantalle, the Council stated that to address issues of insecurity, revive the economy, enhance infrastructure, create jobs, preserve social harmony, raise people’s standards of living, and advance the country, leaders need to concentrate on the following.
“Leadership is a deep and heavy responsibility, accordingly, all elected public officers are mandated to discharge their constitutional duties without fear or favour and fulfil their campaign promises to the people without excuses,” the statement added.
IPAC described the passing year as a memorable one to the people of Nigeria, adding that despite political tension and uncertainty associated with the general election, economic recession aggravated by the removal of fuel subsidy, devaluation of naira and insecurity across the nation, Nigerians remained resilient, surmounted all odds and expressed abiding faith in the fatherland.
“It is given this that IPAC set up a Peer Review Mechanism to monitor the achievements of elected public officers in delivering fruits of democracy to the people across the nation,” it added.