THE National Caretaker Committee (NCC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has taken President Muhammadu Buhari to task over his assertion that he had striven to meet Nigerians expectations in the nearly two years of his government, saying that the administration has been a monumental failure in all ramifications.
In a reaction to the claim made by Buhari in his Easter message, the Senator Ahmed Makarfi-led PDP NCC, said the achievements of the last PDP administration under President Goodluck Jonathan have been reversed under the present All Progressive Congress (APC) administration.
Im a statement issued by the spokesman of the committee, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, in Abuja on Sunday, the party said it read with rude shock what Buhari had claimed in the message in which he suggested that his administration had improved security, especially in the North-East, sustained the campaign against corruption and had taken steps to revitalize the economy.
The party said: “These comments from Mr. President are to say the least untrue and an insult to the intelligence of Nigerians who have been at the receiving end of his government’s mismanagement in the last two years.”
Urging Nigerians to reflect on the state of affairs before and after Buhari took over in the country nearly two years ago, the party reviewed progress on security, war on corruption and the economy and concluded that the APC had failed in every sector.
On security, it observed: “The Origin of insurgency in the North-East part of the Country is well known locally and internationally. We cannot forget in a hurry, the frantic efforts made by late President Umar Musa YarAdua to nip the ugly incidence in the bud that later escalated to the formation of the deadly Boko Haram Sect.
“Equally, when Dr. Goodluck Jonathan took over Government, his administration made several efforts to procure ammunition from the West to prosecute the war on terror despite stiff resistance from some of the western powers to sell weapons to Nigeria.
“Notwithstanding, before the 2015 General Elections, the Goodluck Jonathan’s Administration was able to procure sizeable number of war heads, ammunition and other modern weaponry to fight the Boko Haram Terrorist Group.
“This breakthrough led to the successful dislodgment of the Terrorist Sect in the North-East before the March 28, 2015 Elections.
“Nigerians can testify to the Gallant display by the Nigerian Armed Forces that allowed elections to take place in virtually all the wards and Local Government Areas of Borno, Adamawa, Kebbi and Gombe states, respectively.
“The result of the election from these states gave President Buhari the edge in the Presidential election. APC Governors and officials who routinely condemn President Jonathan’s anti insurgency effort conveniently forgot that without the relative peace in those states at the time, there would have been no elections from which they could emerge as Governors.
“But Nigerians have been fed continuously with the wrong narrative as if we have all slipped into collective amnesia that Jonathan was hopelessly ineffective against the insurgents.
“The truth of the matter was that the insurgents were on the back foot, in hasty retreat and with their backs to the wall by February – March of 2015.
“The then NSA, Col. Ibrahim Dasuki had requested that the elections be postponed by six weeks to enable the government launch a major offensive to push Boko Haram out of all the occupied territories .
“This offensive achieved its objective so much so that elections took place in all the LGAs of the North East.
“It is a matter of conjecture if the war could not have been won earlier and the entire areas pacified if there have been no change of Government that led to a lull in those efforts while the new government took for ever to settle down. The armaments procured by President Jonathan are what is still being used to prosecute the war.
“Still on the War on insurgency in the North-East, the Goodluck Jonathan Administration set out to rebuild the region by establishing the Presidential Initiative for the North East (PINE).
“This Initiative covered all sectors in the rehabilitation efforts for the Zone with comprehensive project cost and partnership. This project was later inherited by President Muhammadu Buhari and Nigerians will note how PINE under the APC’s watch has fared.
“It has been a monumental disaster with allegations of contract awards to ghost companies and grass cutters while the IDPs endure daily hardship and starvation. Tragically, we are yet to see the outcome of the investigation on the Nigeria’s Fighter Jet that bombed the IDP Camp in Borno State killing more than 200 persons.
“For the record, the PDP not only defeated Boko Haram before it handed over power in 2015, we also reduced kidnapping and other anti-social vices in the Country and there was palpable state of peace in Nigeria as at May 2015.
“The same cannot be said today as kidnapping has taken a new turn. We are also facing another menace of insecurity in the name of Herdsmen attacking and displacing communities across the Country. Suicide is also gradually becoming a household name in Nigeria as citizens who cannot cope with the current harsh economic condition have resorted to taking their own lives.”
On the war on corruption, the PDP NCC noted that it has failed as it had been selective and targeted at only political opponents of government.
The statement added: “The War on corruption like other policies and programnmes of the Buhari led APC Administration has failed as well. As we have mentioned in our previous statements, any war on corruption that is selective and targeted at humiliating only leaders and other members of the opposition is a total failure.
“The entire anti-corruption war of the APC since inception is just in the media with only one conviction. Many of the Cases in Courts have been set aside and suspects discharged and acquitted while others are in EFCC and DSS detention centers without trial against their fundamental human rights as enshrined in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“Nigerians may also recall the several allegations of corruption made against prominent APC members that the Anti-graft Agency has not attended to. The Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC), Mr. Ibrahim Magu has been rejected twice by the Nigerian Senate because of damning corruption allegations against him made by another agency of government .
“The same with the Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir Lawal and a host of other government officials against whom very serious allegations have been made. None of them have been subjected to the usual interrogations and investigation.
“The latest drama in town is the circus show of the discovery of huge sums of money of various currencies and denominations on daily basis without any trace of the owners.
“The most absurd of this charade is the macabre dance on the so called $43,449,947, £27,800 and N23,218,000 purportedly recovered at an apartment in Osborne Street, Ikoyi, Lagos.
“The Government is at the crossroad as the Whistle-blower and the EFCC are now shying away from telling Nigerians who owned the monies because undeniable evidence links the monies to the proceeds from the sale of Turbines by the former Governor of Rivers State and now Minister of Transport, Hon. Rotimi Amaechi. It has also been revealed that part of that proceeds was used by Mr. Amaechi to prosecute the campaigns of the APC in 2015.
“The claim by the Director-General of the Nigeria Intelligence Agency (NIA) that the agency owns the stolen money “found” in a private residence is another bad comedy by this failed APC Administration.
“We are therefore warning all agencies of government in the Country to excuse itself from partisan politics to forestall individuals in government manipulating their operations especially, a sensitive agency like the NIA and thereby leading the Nation into a Gestapo State that it’s fast drifting into.”
On the economy, the PDP noted that the sector had remained comatose since the coming of the APC which it observed had inherited a healthy economy.
The statement added: “The immediate past PDP Government of Dr. Goodluck Jonathan grew Nigeria’s GDP from $270.5 billion in 2009, and handed over a Nigeria that had grown to become the fastest growing and largest economy in Africa and the 24th largest economy in the World, with a GDP of $574 billion. In May 2015, the PDP also handed over a single digit inflation rate but today, Inflation Rate in Nigeria is at a double digit of 17.26%.
“The Recession we are experiencing today in the Country is as a result of the failure of the APC led Administration to properly manage our economy. The Buhari Government is indeed clueless and had no economic plan until March 2017 when it launched the so called Recovery Plan.
“The economy is at a standstill. Major infrastructural development that began with the previous administrations of the PDP have been abandoned. Power Generation dwindled from over 5,000MW in 2015 to the present all time low of less than 2,000MW.
“The only project of note that this government has ever commissioned is the Abuja- Kaduna railroad which was 99 percent completed by the PDP administration.
“Against this backdrop and more, we are at a loss in reconciling President Muhammadu Buhari’s Easter message that he has met the expectations of Nigerians to the grim reality we have painted above.
“There is nothing to show by the APC led Government and we challenge the President and his team to articulate the two years achievement of this Government point by point and let Nigerians compare with previous PDP administrations.”