BY GRACE ANYANWU, ABUJA – The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said that President Muhammadu failed to address the nation on the May 29 Inauguration day probably because he did not want to face Nigerians with an empty scorecard and bagful of excuses for ruining the once robust economy.
The PDP also said that part of the reasons for President Buhari not addressing the nation was owing to his inability to secure the nation, for failing to curb endemic corruption in his administration and for mortgaging the future of the nation with huge foreign loans.
The party said that the President must have assessed his administration and rightly adjudged it a failure and therefore persuaded that he had nothing to tell Nigerians and saw reason with the PDP to avoid making false performance claims, which are wholesomely at variance with the situation on the ground.
The PDP in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan also noted that President Buhari must have been weighed down by his failure, in this fiscal year, to harness resources to provide even half of the 2020 budget formulated by his administration, for which the APC is ready to pawn the future of the nation to foreign creditors.
It noted that these situations accounted for the Presidency’s decision to hide behind a 62-page false performances literature instead of allowing President Buhari to face Nigerians in-person.
The party further said; “What soothing words could Mr. President have for over 40 million Nigerians who had lost their jobs following the failure of his administration to run a viable economy as well as the over 500,000 N-power beneficiaries, whose engagements are set to be terminated barely a year after they were used to campaign for a second tenure for the APC.
“Furthermore, Mr. President is faced with providing answers for the fall in the value of our naira and the depletion of our foreign reserves; for the failure of his administration to reduce the price of fuel despite the price crash in the international market; for the comatose state of our critical sectors as well as the unbridled looting of over N14 trillion in the oil and gas sector under his watch,” it stressed.
The PDP continued by saying that President Buhari is equally confronted with the burden of not finding solutions for the killings in Sokoto, Katsina, Kaduna, Kogi, Zamfara and other states by marauders, kidnappers and insurgents despite claims by the government that the assailants have been routed out.
According to the party; “In the same vein, President Buhari has no success story on the APC administration’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, which was marred by allegations of corruption and political parochialism, which frustrated an all-inclusive multi-sectoral approach in the effort.
“The PDP and indeed most Nigerians appreciate President Buhari’s decision not to address the nation and fall into the temptation of making false performance claims. Such would have further embarrassed his administration.
“Our party however charges Mr. President to use the remaining three years of his tenure to brace up to the demands of his office in the overall interest of the nation.”