The lawmaker representing Kogi West
Senatorial District, Senator Dino Melaye has
taken a swipe at the ruling All Progressives
Congress (APC) for failing to meet the
expectations of Nigerians.
Many of whom dino said, defied the odds to
vote for Muhammadu Buhari as Nigeria’s
President in the 2015 general elections.
Melaye who spoke after he was conferred with
the Legislator of the Year 2017 at the Daily
Asset Newspaper maiden annual awards and
lecture in Abuja, also charged Nigerians to
conquer fear by rising up to ask critical
questions on governance and service delivery.
Prefacing his remarks with his usual coinage;
“If you speak the truth, you die. If you lie, you
die. I, Dino Melaye has decided to speak the
truth and die,” the fiery Senator wowed the
audience with his vitriolic against his own party,
which he likened to the Public Complaint
Commission, apparently due to its penchants
for blaming past administrations for its inability
to deliver on some of its electioneering
campaign promises.
“The APC government has become Public
Complaint Commission. I say this without fear
or favour. We have more complains in the APC
and even in the Presidency than service
rendered. We cannot as a people continue like
this.
“The President said two days ago we should all
embrace peace but I want to say without fear or
favour that there can be no peace without
justice. There is hunger in the land, there is
poverty in the land, and there is unemployment
in the land.
A lot of decision has not been taken; yet we say
we want peace. The primary objective of
government is the security and welfare of the
people. There is no security, there is no
welfare,” he said.
According to the federal lawmaker, “Nigeria is
not only sick presently but equally suffers from
regretful congenital abnormality.
There is therefore a serious need for
amelioration, palliation and correction. The
question is: are you going to be part of that
correction? I want to say that in an unjust
society, silence is a crime, and every one of us
here today, is the reason why (sic) Nigeria is
sick.
“It is not about the leadership, it is the inability
of the followership to check the leadership.
Today Nigerians have become indolent, we are
suffering and smiling. We are not reactionary.
We are not asking questions and that is why we
are where we are.
“Democracy will continue to be government of
the people by the people for the people but
what we have today is greedocracy which is
government of the greedy by the greedy and for
the greedy, “he added.
While decrying the squalid social conditions in
which the people live in, Melaye warned those
in positions of authority not to forget that their
failure to make the most of their offices in the
interest of the people could turn out to hurt
them, arguing that not even the rich would be
immune from the disaster that looms in the
horizon.
“2019 is around the corner again. Many of us
are lackadaisical about the future. I delivered a
lecture recently at the University of Lagos and
some students from very wealthy homes, two of
them said they didn’t care who the president of
the country is and that it was none of their
business because their parents were very
successful. I said to them that when the poor
have nothing to eat, they will start eating the
rich.
“A time will come when it will be difficult to
drive your expensive jeeps and cars on the
streets. A time will come when it would be
difficult to switch on your generator because
everywhere around you is dark.
Will you be the only one having light? There
was no kidnapping before, and kidnapping is
seen as the redistribution of both ill-gotten and
legitimate wealth.
People now take from the rich and they now
appropriate to themselves,” he noted even as
he urged the masses to be wary of the elites
whom he accused of polarizing the rest of the
populace.
“The elites have divided us using tribal
sentiments. When you go to the hospital, there
is a column for religion on your call card, a
column for tribe and local government as if this
will in any way facilitate your recovery. We have
become too ethnic conscious.
I sponsored a bill that is about to go for a
second reading. The bill is saying that we
should abolish state of origin and in its place;
we should have state of residence.
This is when we will have a true Nigeria when
you will not need a Senator’s note to get job
with the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN or the
Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation,
NNPC,” he added.

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The lawmaker representing Kogi West Senatorial District, Senator Dino Melaye has taken a swipe at the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) for failing to meet the expectations of Nigerians. Many of whom dino said, defied the odds to vote for Muhammadu Buhari as Nigeria’s President in the 2015 general elections. Melaye who spoke after he was conferred...