PDP to Buhari: Apologise For Your Failures on Job Losses, Killings, Others
President Muhammadu Buhari’s broadcast on Thursday night has drawn the ire of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). The party in a statement claimed that the president engaged in a last minute attempt to sway the electorate with falsehood.
PDP Spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan, in the statement said: ‘’It is ludicrous that at a time President Buhari should be remorseful and apologise for his failures that led to the biting economic hardship, hunger, job losses, killings and escalated bloodletting in our country, under his watch, he chose to engage in a last minute attempt to sway Nigerians with falsehood.’’
Buhari however, said his administration spent the last three years and nine months striving faithfully to keep his campaign promises, in spite of very serious revenue shortages caused mainly by a sharp drop in international oil prices and an unexpected rise in the vandalisation of oil installations, which, mercifully have been curtailed.
‘’We nevertheless pressed on in our quest to diversify the economy, create jobs, reduce commodity prices and generally improve the standard of living among our people. The damage that insecurity and corruption have done, over time, to our collective livelihood is incalculable. However, it is pleasing to note that our frontal attack on these twin evils is gaining momentum and bringing about visible progress.
‘’The recovery of the economy from recession is complete and Nigeria is back on the path of steady growth’’, President Buhari said.
Apparently not persuaded, the PDP described President Buhari’s speech as ‘’a last gasp of a drowning administration; laced with fabrications and false performances claims, characteristic of a failed leader, who has been rejected by the people.’’
According to the party, ‘’it rather too late in the day for President Buhari to redeem himself with an academic speech as Nigerians, having moved ahead with the people’s candidate, Atiku Abubakar, are no longer ready to listen to his list of false promises and a long claim of non-existent achievements.