PDP Raps Buhari’s Independence Day Speech As Empty, Depressing

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BY EDMOND ODOK, ABUJA – The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has described President Muhammadu Buhari’s Independence Day broadcast as depressing and a further confirmation that the country is in the wrong hands.

This is as the opposition party also accused the President of failing to “forcefully” address the key issues of Freedom, Social justice, Constitutional order, Human rights, Separation of powers and rule of law.

It further said conspicuously missing from the President’s speech are efforts at ensuring credible elections, national cohesion, accountability and transparency in government.

According to a statement by the National Publicity Secretary of PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan, President Buhari ignored the fundamentals of an independent state because his administration violated them all.

The PDP spokesman further alleged: “He had no clear-cut and operable blueprint to revamp our economy, which his administration wrecked in a period of four years, resulting in so much hardship and despondency that Nigerians now resort to suicide and slavery abroad as options.

“Our party notes that this address further exposes the fact that the Buhari Presidency is not interested in nation building; that it is completely disconnected from the people and remains insensitive to the plights of Nigerians.”

The PDP said under the Buhari Presidency, Nigeria has experienced the worst form of division, deprivation, human right abuse and constitutional violations.

“The administration has remained lacking in the required capacity and boldness to forcefully engage other world leaders on critical issues.

“The dearth in foreign direct investments and the inhuman treatments being meted out on our citizens in countries where we were once held in very high esteem, are some of the injuries our nation is suffering under the Buhari administration”, the statement said

It said while other leaders motivate their citizens on Independence Day, President Buhari presented uninspiring claims, propaganda and empty promises, describing the development as “depressing”.

The main opposition party however, urged Nigerians keep hope alive and not to despair in the midst of huge challenges currently facing the nation.

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