The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in a recent statement urged President Muhammadu Buhari to learn from how President Nana Akufo-Addo of Ghana runs a peaceful, united and economically vibrant nation.
The PDP also criticized President Buhari for offering to assist Ghana in the war against corruption when his own administration is heavily corrupt as revealed by the Transparency International recently.
The statement was released yesterday in Abuja on behalf of the opposition party by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan.
“When President Buhari was reeling out President Akufo-Addo achievements in his one year in office; his ingenious approach to job creation; the farming for job initiative, the senior high school free education, one district-one factory projects and one village-one dam initiatives among others; we hope our dear President reflected on the fact that back home, his inept government had instead, wrecked our once robust economy, the reason he had nothing to present to the world at the ceremony.
“We hope President Buhari recollects that unlike his Ghanian counterpart, his administration had nothing to show in its first year in office. Our President recalls that under his own watch, over 8 million Nigerians have lost their jobs, 16 million remained unemployed, 18 million more were underemployed while another 27.44 million refused to work for various reasons related to frustrations occasioned by the negative policies of his government.
“In the same vein, we hope President Buhari notes that unlike his Ghanian counterpart, who initiated development projects and opened factories, in Nigeria under his watch, many factories have shut down, infrastructures are collapsing, inflation has soared, fuel price has moved from N86.50 to N250-N300 per liter in various parts of his country, while the nation’s debt profile has continued to escalate.
“Furthermore, when President Buhari offered to assist Ghana in her fight against corruption, we hope he remembered that the world already knows that back home, his administration reeks of allegations bordering on corruption in high places and the Transparency International (TI) report has exposed the fact that corruption has worsened in Nigeria under his government.
“Today, the world knows that what obtains in Nigeria is direct persecution of opposition members under the guise of a fight against corruption, which has been aided by intimidation of the judiciary and incessant harassment of journalists.”
“We know that the Presidency sought to use the Ghana visit to curry international endorsement for their 2019 reelection bid, unfortunately, they reaped a harvest of international embarrassment and ridicule
“We want to urge Mr President to be wary of turning Nigeria into a joke in the international arena, especially as the world knows what is obtainable in his government.
People now live in fear under Buhari-led APC regime
The PDP also raised an alarm over the continuous harassment, arrests and detention of its members across the country by agents of the ruling party.
“Today, there is a thoughtless abuse of human rights in our country and the people now live in fear. Opposition members are now being arrested, manhandled and detained, with some of them having their family houses demolished for holding and expressing the opinion even under a democracy.”
The opposition party noted that the lives of its members and supporters were at risk as the government “is becoming more intolerant of opposition, particularly, having realised that its chances of getting re-elected in 2019 have dimmed as the people have rejected it due to its abysmal performance in the nearly three years of misrule.”
“The increasing aggression and cruelty against opposition members and perceived opponents of government by the APC-led Federal Government, which is now using the apparatus of state power in their desperation to cow and subjugate opposition, suppress constitutionally guaranteed freedom of speech and association in our country.”
“Currently, our members and supporters in many states including Edo, Rivers, Kaduna, Kogi, Borno, Adamawa and others are being hounded for expressing their opinion, particularity on the exposed corruption, abuses, constitutional violations and incompetence of the APC administration.
“As we speak our Edo state Chairman, Chief Dan Orbih was summoned, questioned and his personal freedom curtailed by the police in Edo state for daring to speak against corruption in the state, an action which the unscrupulous officers at the command boasted will teach him and PDP members in the state, a lesson. We commend Chief Dan Orbih for his forthrightness even in the face of harassments and intimidation by the APC.
“In Kogi State, there are reports of APC agents attacking and destroying property belonging to opposition members and supporters. Nigerians have not forgotten how the APC government in Kaduna state demolished property belonging to opposition members and perceived political opponents; how the PDP secretariat in Borno was destroyed and how our property and those of our supporters were destroyed by agents of government in Adamawa state.”
“This raging intimidation of our party officials, members and supporters and call on all good-spirited Nigerians and the international community to stand up and condemn this drift towards a stone age despotism. Nigeria is a democratic state and we reject any attempt by anybody to suppress the constitutionally guaranteed rights of the people, particularly regarding the choice of how they can be governed.”