Abuja - President Muhammadu Buhari is scaring
away investors from the country through his negative statements on the economy.
This is according to the opposition People's Democratic
The party said it was worrisome that in the last six
months instead of the President making efforts to harness resources and grow
the economy, he had labeled Nigerians and portrayed the country as an unattractive
PDP National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, said the
President’s unwary statements had become a serious clog in the wheel of
progress, eroding the confidence of both domestic and international investors.
“In the last six months, our President has only succeeded
in discouraging foreign investors with his continued misrepresentation of our
country as a business unfriendly environment," said Metuh.
Buhari has allegedly portrayed Nigeria as a country where
most of the citizens are basically corrupt, dishonest, and cannot be trusted.
Metuh said the recent announcement to the world that the
nation, with its abundant human and natural resources, was broke exposed the
ineptitude of the present administration.
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"No reasonable investor would have the confidence to
invest in a country where the President himself continues to alert that his
country reeks of corrupt people and the government is broke to the extent it
cannot pay cabinet ministers."
Femi Adesina, Presidential Spokesperson, lashed at the
PDP following the allegations.
“Our attention has been drawn to the latest statement by
the PDP spokesman, Olisa Metuh alleging that President Muhammadu Buhari is
demarketing Nigeria," he said.
He said Buhari would remain true to the virtues of honesty, integrity, sincerity,
incorruptibility and plain-speaking which endeared him to Nigerians.
“President Buhari will not in the name of “marketing” or
“attracting” investors, follow in the footsteps of the ousted PDP Administration,"
He said PDP's "discredited" officials
"shamelessly" lied to Nigerians and the world about the buoyancy and
vibrancy of an economy they had bled dry
for personal gain.
- CAJ News