Abuja - The country’s main opposition party has slammed the alleged double standards of the new administration after President Muhammadu Buhari sought foreign assistance to eradicate the Boko Haram terror.
Following Buhari’s recent visit to Chad and Niger, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) said the All Progressives Congress (APC) had chastised immediate past President, Goodluck Jonathan, for seeking regional cooperation to find solutions to the challenge of insurgency now hailed President Muhammadu Buhari for toeing the same line.
Olisa Metuh, PDP spokesperson, said such conduct was insincere.
“In the days ahead, Nigerians should expect further unmasking of APC's double standard and blackmail upon which they rode to power,” he said.
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Metuh said the party condemned the “venom” with which the APC attacked well-meaning Nigerians for offering constructive criticism to Buhari, following the “loss of tempo” in the fight against insurgency since he took office, describing such as unacceptable in a democracy especially in a country like Nigeria where the citizens have been enjoying freedom of expression in the last 16 years under the PDP.
“The APC must understand that the hallmark of democracy is freedom of expression and opinion, particularly on governance issues; inalienable rights of all citizens guaranteed by the constitution and which must not be denied them under any guise whatsoever,” he said.
“Though we had decided to give President Muhammadu Buhari and the ruling party sometime to settle down, indicators show that the APC is not getting its bearing right and the PDP as a party that has nurtured and sustained democracy in the last 16 years, we cannot fold our hands and watch our nation drift towards dangerous undemocratic paths,” Metuh stated.
He spoke as Buhari was in Germany for the G7 Summit.
The Boko Haram crisis is set to feature at the meeting.
- CAJ News