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PDP reacts severely to Buhari's Media Chat

31 December 2015, 16:28

Abuja - President Muhammadu Buhari’s responses at Wednesday’s Presidential Media Chat were embarrassing and exposed Muhammadu Buhari as an unrepentant with no regard for the rule of law.

The scathing attack comes from the opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP), which said Buhari confirmed his partisanship in the war against corruption by openly absolving his ministers and party members of corrupt practices.

“Whilst we restate our respect for the person and office of the president, we note that President Buhari bared his true colours to the world as an unrepentant tyrant. Today, the world is no longer in doubt as to who is behind the prevailing recklessness, abuse of rights of citizens and outright flouting of judicial pronouncements by security agencies,” PDP spokesperson, Olisa Metuh said.

“A situation where the president openly pronounced persons facing trial guilty and sanctioned their continued incarceration despite being granted bail by the courts, presents a dangerous fascist practice obtainable only in totalitarian societies like Mussolini’s Italy, Hitler’s Germany, Idi Amin’s Uganda and General Than Shwe’s Burma.”

Metuh said this “extremely shocking dictatorial tendency being brazenly exhibited by the president in total disdain for our laws and judicial institutions portends great danger for our democracy and constitutionally-guaranteed rights of the people, and should be resisted by the citizens before it festers.”

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“The scorn for the principle of separation of powers, especially the independence of the legislature, is further manifested in the declared craving to regulate the funding and running of the National Assembly, a matter constitutionally vested outside the jurisdiction of the executive,”said Metuh.

Metuh said Buhari had conceded failure on the issue of the Chibo girls, who, running to two years since they were kidnapped, have not been rescued.

“On the issue of the Chibok girls, President Buhari’s embarrassing declaration of seeking information on the whereabouts and state of the girls betrays an obvious insincerity which is in total conflict with his campaign promises in that regard,” said Metuh.

“Thus by this declaration, our dear president has accepted failure on this issue and should therefore apologise to Nigerians for all the insults, abuse and aspersions cast on the past administration by himself and the leadership of his political party.”

“On the devaluation of the Naira, Metuh argued there was conflict between the budget speech wherein the president stated that the government was assessing the foreign exchange rate with a view to attracting foreign investments.

However, Metuh said, his pronouncement during the media chat was the naira would not be devalued.

“We invite Nigerians to note that the president obviously does not understand the currency that applies in the devaluation of the naira.”

Metuh claimed Nigerians were shocked by the President’s labeling Nigerians as a ‘very difficult lot’ while responding to questions on the strategy to be adopted in implementing his promised N5 000 social welfare package.

“This unhealthy portrayal of the citizens by the very father of the nation, who has remained unrelenting in de-marketing his country through unguarded statements, is indeed a great disservice to Nigeria and its international image. Consequently, we reject this negative labeling of our citizens and reiterate our confidence in them, especially the millions who remain honest, hardworking and credible.”

In summary, Metuh said Buhari gave no inspiring answers to questions pertaining to his campaign promises, the fight against insurgency and rescue of the Chibok girls, the poor state of the naira, receding economy and loss of democratic rights and freedom. 




- CAJ News


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