PDP has reacted to President Muhammadu Buhari’s Independence Day broadcast
– The main opposition party described the speech as an insult on the psyche of Nigerians and a mockery of the nation’s integrity
– The party, however, urged Nigerians not to despair just as it expressed hope that its “stolen” presidential mandate will be retrieved at the Supreme Court
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says President Muhammadu Buhari’s Independence Day broadcast is an insult on the psyche of Nigerians.
According to a report filed by The Nation, the main opposition party also described the president’s speech as a mockery of the nation’s integrity as an independent state.
The party in a statement by its spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan, said the speech is completely unpresidential and lacking in patriotic stance.
It further claimed that the speech is filled with manifest inconsistencies, contradictions, paradoxes and false performance claims, adding that it was a “mockery of democracy” which further confirmed that the country is in wrong hands.
The PDP alleged that Buhari in his speech failed to forcefully address the key issues of freedom, social justice, constitutional order, separation of powers, rule of law, human rights, credible elections, national cohesion, accountability and transparency in government.
“He (President) had no clear-cut and operable blueprint to revamp our economy, which his administration wrecked in a period of four years, resulting in so much hardship and despondency that Nigerians now resort to suicide and slavery abroad as options.
“Our party notes that this address further exposes that the Buhari presidency is not interested in nation-building; that it is completely disconnected from the people and remains insensitive to the plights of Nigerians,” the statement reads in part.
The opposition party also claimed that Nigeria under President Buhari has experienced the worst form of division, deprivation, human right abuse, constitutional violations, disregard for rule of law, electoral malpractices, disobedience to court orders, disrespect for separation of powers and curtailing of press freedom.
The dearth in foreign direct investments and the inhuman treatments being meted out on our citizens in countries where we were once held in very high esteem, are some of the injuries our nation is suffering under the Buhari administration,” the statement reads further.
The party, however, urged Nigerians to keep hope alive, expressing hope that its “stolen” presidential mandate will be retrieved at the Supreme Court.