In a seeming daring confrontation, the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has taken on the Presidency, and in the same vein, enunciates why Nigerians are allegedly fed up with the Buhari administration and its sponsoring All Progressives Congress (APC).
Reacting to what it tags ‘’diatribe’’ by the Presidency against it, PDP describes the attack as a feeble kick of a weak horse, in another failed attempt to beguile Nigerians.
Often, President Buhari’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, has been lamenting that the opposition party opposes every single decision taken in the interest of national security by the government.
“The PDP has opposed every single decision taken in the interest of national security by the Buhari administration. They questioned the bravery of our soldiers and spread false rumours that their preferred foreign leader had routed out insurgents on the Nigerian soil and freed Nigerian territories and soldiers held captive by terrorists in the northern part of Borno State.
“PDP’s corruption and ineptitude allowed Boko Haram to occupy 18 local governments and millions to relocate. Nigerians have not forgotten and are waiting for them in 2023. For a political party that led Nigeria for 16 years pursuing wrong policies and strategies that destroyed not only the armed forces but have destroyed the nation and its economy, there won’t be much from them to shock the citizens’’, the Presidency said.
Apparently unshaken, PDP says in Nigeria under President Muhammadu Buhari’s watch, over 60 million Nigerians have allegedly lost their means of livelihood, and more than 30 million businesses have collapsed, due to obnoxious economic policies that scare away both domestic and foreign investors.
In a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, PDP rhetorically asked, why won’t Nigerians be fed up with the Buhari administration when under ‘’its voodoo economy, a liter of fuel, which sold for N87 per liter under the PDP, now sells as high as N170 to N200 under the Buhari and APC’s Eldorado economy.
‘’Today, staple food had gone beyond the reach of majority of Nigerians so much so that a bag of rice which sold for about N10,000 now sells for N30,000; that a measure of garri which sold for N100 now sells for N350 to N400 and a liter of palm oil which sold for N200 now sells for up to N600? The list is endless.’’
Continuing, the party claims that under Buhari’s watch, most families cannot afford basic necessities of life; parents cannot pay their children’s school fees, abandoned projects litter the nation; hunger and starvation, divorces, broken families, strange disease and sudden death have become so prevalent that compatriots prefer suicide and slavery mission as options.
‘’PDP is not surprised that the Buhari Presidency is rattled by the bitter truth that Nigerians are fed up with President Buhari as well as his APC and are rallying on our platform to rescue our nation from misrule.
‘’It is indeed pathetic that the Buhari Presidency thinks that it can beguile Nigerians again after all they got from it in almost six years are failed promises, a wrecked economy, weak currency, excruciating poverty, surging unemployment, unbridled treasury looting, patronising of bandits, terrorists and kidnappers, double economic recession and a rapid decline to the horrible status of a failed state.
‘’Under President Buhari, all security, economic and social indicators have gone negative. It therefore amounts to a slap on the sensibility of Nigerians for the Buhari Presidency to attempt to compare the once thriving lives of Nigerians under the PDP, to the sorry state of affairs in our country, which has become a terrorist haven and world poverty capital in a space of six years.
‘’What can the Buhari Presidency say to the fact that when President Buhari took over power in 2015, our economy was rated one of the fastest growing in the world with Fitch’s B+ rating, only for his administration to wreck it within six years, turned our country into a beggar nation that is now borrowing from all parts of the world?
‘’When President Buhari took over from the PDP, our naira was at N160 to a dollar. Today under the incompetent and corrupt administration of APC and Buhari, our naira has fallen to almost N500 to a dollar, wrecking our national purchasing power and making Nigeria an object of jest among the comity of nations.
‘’Is it not distressing that terrorists that have been pushed to the fringes by the PDP administration have resurged and now being patronized by government officials as they ravage our communities and behead our citizens?
‘’Today, not only that corruption has increased in our nation under President Buhari as reported by reputable organisations like Transparency International, Nigeria now ranks as the third country with the highest level of terrorism in 2019, after Iran and Afghanistan.
‘’Indeed, the situation is so bad that even Mr. President could not summon the courage to honour an invitation by the House of Representatives to give account of how his administration has managed the affairs of our nation.
‘’Why won’t Nigerians crave for the return of PDP, a party whose administration paid our foreign debts, grew the economy, revolutionised the telecommunication, aviation, power, agriculture and banking sectors among others and gave life a meaning in Nigeria.
‘’The only achievement by the Buhari Presidency is stagnating the economy, mortgaging of our sovereignty through accumulation of foreign debt, increase in taxes and tariffs, reneging in all its promises and making life unbearable for the people’’, the opposition party said.
As a party, PDP is challenging the Buhari administration to search its conscience, reflect on the devastations it has brought on Nigeria and accept that life was better under the PDP.