The Chairman of the Progressives Governors Forum and governor of Imo State, Chief Rochas Okorocha, on Monday admitted that the All Progressives Congress is responsible for Nigeria’s woes.
He said although some of the problems predated the present administration, the party must take responsibility without shifting blame.
Okorocha spoke with State House correspondents shortly after leading the APC governors to a closed-door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The governor said, “As APC, we are responsible for everything happening in Nigeria. We are responsible for the good, the bad, the ugly but we are promising Nigerians that we shall fix it.”
While admitting that Nigerians were passing through difficult times, Okorocha said there was no surgery that is not painful.
He said Nigerians were experiencing pains because the country was going through what he called “a very serious economic surgery.”
The governor asked Nigerians to be more patient with the present administration.
He said, “We share the pains of Nigerians, every human being must feel it. We also feel what they are going through but we are asking for a little patience.
“Let us do things the right way and do it once and for all. I am sure that by next year, you will begin to see changes, the price of rice will drop, prices of dollars will begin to stabilise and we will see a lot of challenges.
“But at this painful moment, nobody likes it. It is like a woman in the labour room, when she is in the labour room there is no joy but she has to pass through that moment and that moment, she does not wear her high heel shoes, no makeup, no champagne, no party.
“She is going through a process but shortly after that process, joy cometh once she sees the child. So, Nigerians should bear with us as a government.”
Okorocha said the governors discussed a lot of national issues at the meeting including the 21 released Chibok girls, agriculture, the ongoing anti-corruption war and the forthcoming governorship election in Ondo State with the President.