Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has berated President Muhammadu Buhari for not demonstrating solution for the security and economic challenges confronting Nigeria.
Buhari in a nationwide broadcast on Friday, stressed that his administration will reinforce the hopes of Nigerians in the vision of a united and progressive Nigeria, noting that his administration will continue focusing on delivering key strategic priorities under its “SEA” – Security, Economy and Anti-Corruption Agenda.
But, according to PDP, the least Nigerians expect from Mr. President, this New Year, is a decisive will to tackle the country’s security challenges by reviewing his parade and heeding the demands by Nigerians to re-jig the security architecture.
Consistently, the Presidency has been saying the clamour for the sacking of service chiefs is ‘out of place’.
President Buhari’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, has been saying that only his principal has the prerogative to appoint or sack any of the country’s service chiefs, adding that the president keeps the service chiefs as long as he is satisfied with their performance.
Continuing, PDP says the situation at hand requires more than an armchair commander in chief who only dwells on excuses for manifest failures, adding, ‘’President Buhari’s New Year address only points to the fact that our nation is in dire need of a leadership that is willing, able and ready to engage from the fronts.’’
The opposition party is therefore describing the New Year address by President Buhari as empty, directionless, and confirms that Nigeria indeed has become leaderless.
PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, in a statement says Buhari’s speech underscores the urgent need for compatriots to come together and salvage ‘’our nation that is fast heading to a failed state’’.
The party laments as appalling that on New Year day, all that President Buhari could offer a troubled and frustrated country was a regurgitated script full of lame excuses and empty promises that address nothing.
‘’As a President, Buhari has not demonstrated the capacity to play his own part, as he claimed, having failed to find solution for the security and economic challenges that pervade our nation under his incompetent and lethargic watch.
‘’The myriads of lame excuses in Mr. President’s address again underlines our national misfortune of a weak leadership that is unable to resolutely confront and vanquish bandits, terrorists, kidnappers and vandals who are now holding our nation hostage, ravaging our communities, kidnapping and beheading our compatriots without restrain.
‘’On the economy, Mr. President failed to articulate a definite economic recovery blueprint. He had no clear strategies to shore up the value of our naira, repay and end our foreign borrowings, revamp our external reserves, give hope to foreign investors, move promises of job creation from the perpetual drawing board and guarantee food security, health care among others.
‘’Mr. President had the opportunity to redeem his administration by taking steps that will address high costs of food, education and housing deficit; address the high price of fuel, multiple taxes and tariffs that bear pressure on businesses and families as well as how to enhance national productivity and grow our Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
‘’In the same vein, our party finds it lamentable that President Buhari, in his reference to the demonstration by our youths, did not make any decisive pronouncement to end the on-going persecution of EndSARS protesters or order a Presidential inquest into the reported Lekki killing.
‘’Moreover, the failure by Mr. President to make direct commitment on budgetary provisions exposes a lack of will and direction, and shows that the next two years under the Buhari-led APC administration would leave our nation with forlorn hope.
‘’Nevertheless our party urges Nigerians not to despair but use the New Year to reinforce their bond of unity and continue to work together in their collective resolve to use opportunities offered by democracy to rescue our nation from misrule’’, PDP says.
The party is then praying God to give compatriots the perseverance to outlive the pains of All Progressives Congress (APC) and President Buhari’s misrule as ‘’we work collectively for a new dawn’’.