The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Sunday insisted that the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration has wreaked the nation’s economy, asking his officials to advise him to step aside for more competent hands to manage the situation.
The main opposition party’s position is contained in a statement issued in Abuja on Sunday by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, in which it chastised the administration for dismissing the recent Financial Times editorial warning that the country may become a failed state.
“The Buhari administration has wreaked our once robust economy, destroyed the value of our naira and turned our nation into world poverty capital, where life has become so unbearable that compatriots now resort to suicide and slavery mission abroad as options,” the PDP declared.
It, therefore, cautioned officials of the presidency to “stop playing with the sensibilities of Nigerians by their arrogant dismissal of wise counsel on how to redeem our nation.
“They should advise President Buhari to take a back seat and allow competent hands to manage critical sectors of our national life before it is too late.”
The PDP noted that the “Buhari Presidency’s arrogant trivialization of our nation’s tragic descent to a failed state under the incompetent and corrupt Buhari-led All Progressives Congress (APC) administration, further confirms that our nation is on autopilot with nobody in charge.”
It asserted that the presidency’s “conceited response” to Financial Times editorial on the sorry state of affairs of the nation under President Buhari also further confirms the position of the party that there is complete leadership failure in Nigeria.
The party said it is sad that the presidency prefers to rebuff wise counsel and continue to drive the nation to the precipice instead of seeking help for the sake of millions of traumatized Nigerians.
It added: “Indeed, the editorial by Financial Times is only stating the obvious, as our nation under President Buhari has presented all the trappings of a failed state including having a rudderless government with a dysfunctional command structure that cannot guarantee security, manage our economy or even perform very simple tasks of governance.
“Our great nation now tends towards a leaderless society where terrorists, bandits, kidnappers, marauders and vandals have taken the lead, running riotous across our land while those who promised to protect lives and property have gone into hiding in Aso Presidential Villa.
“Under President Buhari life is fast tilting towards Hobbesian state of nature; driven by the combined negatives of an incompetent and unconcerned presidency and a reckless, kleptomaniac and dysfunctional ruling party that is more interested in power-grabbing instead of governance.
“President Buhari has badly failed in governance to the extent that over 600 students could be kidnapped by bandits in his home state, Katsina, a few hours after his security machinery took over the state, where he had gone to holiday.
“Under Buhari’s watch, our command structure has become extremely weak that government officials now patronize bandits and rationalize acts of terrorism to the extent of blaming victims for not obtaining permission before living their normal lives as was the case in the 43 farmers beheaded by terrorists in Borno State.
“Under this failed administration, outlaws who had been pushed to the fringes by previous administration have resurged and taken control of some parts of our nation where they reportedly have to give their consent to residents before they can conduct weddings, naming ceremonies or operate their markets.
“It now takes presidents of neighbouring countries like Chadian President Idris Derby to personally lead his troops into our territories to rout out insurgents and free Nigerian communities and our soldiers held captive by terrorists.”