Igbokwe, who appeared as a guest on Channels Television’s Politics on Monday, 12th August 2019, blamed the nation’s woes on the previous administrations since 1999.
According to him, anyone with the insinuation that President Buhari’s government has not done well is ‘a liar from the pit of hell’. His word:
“You (PDP) were there for 16 years and we didn’t see anything. In the midst of plenty, I cannot lay my hands on anything.
“Support your leader, don’t be a distraction. Anybody who tells you Buhari is not doing well is a liar from the pit of hell given where we are coming from,” he said.
Although Igbokwe admitted the nation is faced with myriads of challenges, he, however, said they cannot be fixed in a single day.
“If the president can solve all the problems of Nigeria in one day, they would have done it in the 60s. It’s a continuum,” he said.
“As the population is growing, the problem will continue to grow. As Nigeria is growing, the problem will continue to grow. So problems will never disappear from the face of the earth.”
Ken Okolugbo, a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who was also on the programme, tackled Igbokwe over Buhari’s performance in office.
Okolugbo said the current administration has not fared well in its cardinal promises, lamenting the economic situation.
The APC had swept to power in 2015 promising to urgently address the nation’s security, economy and fighting corruption.
On corruption, the PDP chieftain accused the President of favouritism in the graft war.
“I will never give a pass mark, the only pass mark I will give is in terms of security. And our security is in tatters now.
“On the issues of corruption, I have always said it that there is favouritism. Though they have made a significant progress, a lot of money has been recovered,” he said.
“I am not saying we had a perfect government, let us stop that blame game. We have passed that era of the blame game,” he said.
“We have always said it that PDP’s government isn’t perfect. In fact, Secondus apologised to Nigerians. For somebody to apologise, does that not tell you that we didn’t do well in a lot of areas?
“But we are looking at it. When you marry two wives, you compare the two wives. You have married the PDP, now you are married to the APC. Now Nigerians can see for themselves. We did better than what we are currently seeing.”
But speaking on the home-grown school feeding programme, he noted that the initiative does not cover more than 15 states.
While lauding the Federal Government for launching the Treasury Single Account (TSA) seen to encourage transparency in governance, he faulted the current administration for not tolerating criticism.