We are alarmed over Buhari’s ‘Go on the offensive’ directive to officials ―PDP

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said that it is alarmed by President Muhammadu Buhari’s directive to officials of his administration to “go on the offensive” in defence of the administration’s efforts, saying that it is targeted against Nigerians, “who are patriotically crying out under the burden of economic hardship foisted on them by his insensitive, clueless, deceptive and extremely corrupt administration.”

In a statement issued by Kola Ologbondiyan, the PDP national publicity secretary, in Abuja on Thursday, the party asserted that such directive in a ministerial retreat which ought to be a problem-solving forum is symptomatic of an administration that has become overwhelmed by the reality of its own failures and was now seeking desperate measures to suppress the voice of the people.

The PDP declared that such anti-people stance amounts to a huge betrayal by Mr President, who, before his elections, promised Nigerians an Eldorado, only to now turn around to label their cries and demands for good governance, security and basic necessities of life, particularly at the time they are agitating for a reduction in the cost of fuel and electricity, as “irresponsible and politically motivated.”

The PDP added “This is an unpardonable spat on the face of suffering Nigerians. 

“We ask by directing his ministers to ‘go on the offensive,’ is Mr President drawing a battle line between his government and Nigerians who have been subjected to a life of misery in the last five years? 

“Our party holds that it is only a failed leadership that will resort to such aggressive stance, which also shows that the APC administration, in its arrogance and corruption, is not ready to listen to Nigerians; a situation that makes a legitimate action to draw their attention to the plight of the people most imperative.

“Moreover, our party also berates President Buhari’s ministers for insulting the sensibilities of Nigerians by organizing a feasting retreat in the luxury of an air-conditioned room, where they engaged in deceptive self-praise for non-existent achievements while the government they serve has turned our nation to the capital poverty of the world and foisted the worst form of hardship on our citizens.

“The deceptive intention and outlook of this retreat by President Buhari and his illusory ministers is a painful enactment of the allegory in the Orwellian Animal Farm in our country under the APC.

“President Buhari, in asking his minister to go on the offensive, appears not to be worried that under his watch, Nigerians can no longer afford their staple food and other basic necessities of life and that mortality rate has spiralled because of hardship and unabated bloodletting in our country. 

“Mr President seems unperturbed that under his administration, the price of a bag of rice has risen from N8000 to N35,000; a measure of corn from N80 to N400; garri, from N150 to N400; beans, from N200 to N500, while fuel has been hiked from N87 to N162, with attendant hardship on the people. 

“Also Mr President appears not to be worried that the cost of medication, transportation, house rents, education, building materials and machinery have all skyrocketed and that majority of Nigerians cannot achieve the littlest of their legitimate dreams under his rule.

“Our party therefore firmly rejects President Buhari’s declaration that Nigerians, who are crying out in pain are ‘irresponsible’ or “politically motivated”.

“Mr President should know that the solution to the economic hardship being faced by Nigerians under his watch cannot be reduced to a hand-clapping party and ululation by cabinet ministers or issuing of suppressive directives against the people.

“Indeed, no responsible government should mount a high horse and spew on its citizens while they are groaning in the pains of the realities of its failures.”

The PDP, therefore, charged President Buhari to immediately withdraw “his offensive comment, apologise and listen to Nigerian before it is too late.”

 

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