Senator Dino Melaye of Kogi West senatorial district, has cleared the air on the explosive statement he made about the government of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Speaking exclusively a on Channels Television programme, “Politics Today”, on Monday, Senator Dino Melaye, is insisting on the sacking or voluntary resignation of the economic team of President Muhammadu Buhari, saying the current economic hardship does not represent the party’s campaign promises.
The lawmaker representing Kogi west senatorial district, said that his political affiliation should not be considered, as he was only concerned about what will make the lives of Nigerians better.
“It is about the survival of democracy, the Nigerian populace and having a just and egalitarian society. There is no policy direction of the economic team. We have not seen anything that will show as hope for the revival of the economy.
“I am a proud member of the APC and I am very confident of my loyalty to my party, but what we have at hand… with most of the Ministers it is a matter of double jeopardy. No capacity no capability,” he stressed.
On why the senate did not identify the capacity of the individuals (ministers) before their names were approved:
“The names came without portfolios and it was difficult to base screening on particular expertise.
“We were screening them without knowing the ministries they were going to man. The economic hardship Nigerians are facing is no longer about your political party. It is about the survival of this country and about the masses of the country.”
On the positions of the members of the president’s economic team (Udo Udoma – Minister of Planning & Budgeting):
“I have no problem with anyone of them, but the truth need to be told. It has no colour. The Budget and Planning Ministry is the soul of any government or economy and you need somebody who has expertise in public finance and somebody who specialises in development economics to man the place
“Udo Udoma is a gentleman, a wonderful lawyer and a great Nigerian, but that does not translate into competence for the office he finds himself. Now, you bring a lawyer to become the Minister of National Planning, that is giving carpentry job to a tailor, he will never succeed.”
On the position of the Finance Minister, Kemi Adeosun who had appeared before the Senate on two different occasions:
“From my personal assessment, she does not have the competence. How many million dollars’ portfolio has she handled or managed before becoming the Minister of Finance. The Finance Minister should be someone that can take us out of the woods. We cannot continue to operate in an experimental level that is not working.
“I have no personal problem with any one of them, just that the truth needs to be told. If you tell the truth, you die, if you tell lies, you will still die, so why not say the truth.”
On Nigerians facing untold hardship with an unknown end:
“You need to understand the hunger that is out there. I have a role to play in the success of the party. It is in response to the promise we made to Nigerians. There is hunger. There is poverty.”
Watch the video interview below, courtesy of Channels Television