The flag bearer of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the 2015 presidential election, General Mohammadu Buhari has challenged President Goodluck Jonathan to explain to Nigerians why they are yet to enjoy stable power supply, despite his promises to transform the power sector.
In a statement issued by Buhari Support Organisations (BSO), the umbrella body of all support groups for the Presidential candidate of the APC, Buhari noted that President Jonathan, had before the last election promised that if Nigerians voted him, he would ensure the issue of unstable power supply was addressed once and for all.
“Four years is enough for anyone in power to make significant improvement and if I can’t improve on power within this period, it then means I cannot do anything, even if I am there for another four years,” the statement signed by Dr Chidia Maduekwe said.
“The ordinary Nigerian on the street knows that he or she is not better off today with stable electricity as against four years ago when Jonathan mounted the saddle.
“Most people will admit that they had better stable supply of electricity four years ago.The Jonathan-led administration had projected that 10,000MW should be generated before now. While the CPC manifesto promised Nigerians 15,000MW if Buhari was voted into power in 2011.
“On per capita consumption basis, Nigeria is ranked 178th position with consumption of 106.21KWh per person, this is well behind Gabon with 900,000 population consuming 283.6 KWh; Cameroon 176.0KWh and Kenya 128.68KWh,” the statement read.
The group described the current state of power in Nigeria as very shameful, as countries with smaller populations even boasts of better generating capacities.
“General Muhammadu Buhari and indeed the Nigeria public is right to question why we are still in this epileptic mess of electricity supply after sinking well over $20 billion into the power sector over the period in question. The corruption-infested administration of Jonathan makes right thinking Nigerians to bury their heads in shame when compared to South Africa of just 50 million people and has an estimated supply of over 50,000 MW.”