By Adewuyi Simeon
The rulling All Progressives Congress (APC) has stated that Nigeria remained Africa’s biggest economy and top investment destination.
APC Caretaker and Extra-ordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) Secretary, Sen. John Akpanudoedehe made this known in a statement issued on Thursday in Abuja.
Akpanudoedehe while reacting to Twitter’s decision to cite its African operations in Ghana said Nigeria’s current status as Africa’s largest economy was attained under President Muhammadu Buhari-led APC administration.
The APC Caretaker committee secretary said decisions of private concerns particularly businesses, on where to cite operations were their exclusive preserve and should not be an issue.
Akpanudoede said, “for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that mocks the country and its citizens over what it celebrates as missed business prospects, does not mean well and should definitely not be considered as a governance option”.
According to him “It is exhausting and depressing highlighting PDP’s ignominious past,” he said.
Akpanudoedehe said the APC would rather consolidate and focus on how Nigeria was finally getting it right under Buhari.
The APC boss stressed that the claim of misrule by the PDP did not stop the world’s largest brewer from establishing business in Nigeria.
He said “inspite of uncertainties due to COVID-19 pandemic, Nigeria earned 2.6 billion dollars of the global volume of Foreign Direct Investment.
“This surpasses major competitor South Africa (2.5billion dollars), following the latest 2020 United Nations Conference on Trade and Development Investment Trends Monitor,’’ he said.
Akpanudoedehe reiterates that Nigeria had achieved a lot through the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (PEBEC) which he said was set up by the Buhari-led administration to remove bureaucratic constraints in doing business in Nigeria and the ongoing implementation of Economic Recovery and Growth Plan.
“Nigeria is on the right trajectory and the PDP cannot wish away these solid achievements,” Akpanudoedehe said.
He reminded Twitter and other frontline social media platforms of their important responsibilities in curbing fake news, disinformation and hate speech.
Akpanudoedehe said that in the last U.S. presidential election, the proactive role played by social media operators in checking fake news and divisive rhetoric was a solid pointer to how proper social media usage ultimately benefits society.