The people’s democratic party (PDP) has berated the presidency for allegedly lambasting former president “Olusegun Obasanjo” and other leaders for criticizing the administration of president Muhammadu Buhari. In his latest message to the people but a caution to the presidency, the former president stated the country is getting more divided under the administration of his former “boy” in military.
In response to Obasanjo’s comment, the senior special assistant to the president on media and publicity “Mr. Garba Shehu” described Obasanjo as the “ Divider In Chief” of Nigeria. He further described the former president and the people’s democratic party as being envious of the achievement of Mr. Buhari.
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“This President has run an administration focused on infrastructure and development. He has repaired our damaged relations with neighbours and our traditional allies such as the UK, US, China, Russia, France, Germany, Saudi Arabia and the others with lots of benefits to the country. “It is a pro-business administration that has used diplomacy to unlock bilateral trade and investment.
“He leads a government that has liberalized the investment climate and market access by achieving reforms that have placed the country in the list of the world’s top reforming economies. “Nigeria, which other nations had mocked and ridiculed for so many things that were wrong is today progressing at a pace reflecting its size and potential,” .
Mr. Shehu said President Buhari has shown courage by removing fuel subsidy.
In his words, he said;
“It takes courage and rare statesmanship on the part of a leader to do as President Buhari to shun populism and seek the best interest of the people and the state, providing the kind of reform and development that Nigeria urgently needs,” “It’s a known fact that the withdrawal of subsidies had been on the wish list of the Obasanjo-led PDP.
“They failed in achieving these measures because, one. There was a shared greed. They plundered the treasury as much as anyone could in the name of either subsidy or waiver with reckless impunity”
Mr. Shehu closed his statement saying Obasanjo was only attempting to divide the country whilst buhari continues to promote nation building and unity.
However, the national public secretary of the PDP “Kola Ologbondiyan” reacted to the denigrating comment laid on the former president stating the position of the party. In the statement which was titled “State Of The Nation”
“The Peoples Democratic Party has, for the umpteenth time, cautioned President Muhammadu Buhari to come down from his high horse and listen to the advice from eminent Nigerians, who are advising him against allowing our nation to tumble from the cliff under his watch. “The Buhari Presidency is worsening the sorry state in which it has plunged the nation by choosing to haul insults on Nigerians including former Presidents like Chief Olusegun Obasanjo and other well-meaning leaders, who are patriotically calling on his administration to end its divisive, suppressive and insensitive style of leadership that has ruined our nation.
“From its reactions to patriotic counsel, it is clear that the Buhari Presidency has become bereft of the fundamentals of governance as well as overwhelmed by its own failures and burden of guilt for the disunity, bloodletting, and anguish that have enveloped our nation in the last five years.
“It is incontrovertible that the Buhari administration is leading Nigeria into a failed state, where citizens are not guaranteed of their safety; cannot afford the basic necessities of life and where governance has been crippled by incompetence, unbridled nepotism, promotion of injustice, executive high handedness, abuse of human right, disobedience to court orders, brazen violation of constitutional provisions, acute corruption and violent muscling of elections.”