The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) describes President Muhammadu
Buhari’s directive to stifle food importation in the country as mean,
ill-timed and completely against the wellbeing of Nigerians.
According to a statement signed by Kola Ologbondiyan, “The PDP states
that this directive will worsen food scarcity, exacerbate the already
harsh economic situation and the general depression, frustration,
resentment and despair in our country under President Buhari’s watch.
“It is indeed appalling that instead of bringing solutions to the
depreciating living conditions in our nation, President Buhari is rather
imposing more suffering by ordering the removal of subsidy on food even
when it is manifestly clear that he had failed on all fronts to achieve
any level of food security despite the huge resources available to his
“The party says by the directive, the Buhari Presidency and the All
Progressives Congress (APC) have again demonstrated their insensitivity
towards millions of Nigerians who are already suffering acute hunger and
starvation due to severe food shortage and high prices brought by
President Buhari’s misrule.
“The PDP states strongly that Nigerians do not, in any way, deserve such
suffering being foisted on them by such directive on food.
“Such situation will only breed further despondency among our citizens,
heighten our security challenges and put more pressure on compatriots,
many of who, in the face of suffering occasioned by APC misrule, are
resorting to suicide and slavery mission as options.
“Instead of removing subsidy on food and putting more suffering on
Nigerians, the PDP urges President Buhari to cut the billions of naira
being wasted on luxuries in his Presidency and free the funds for the
welfare of the masses.
“Furthermore, the PDP urges President Buhari to recover the over N14
trillion siphoned by APC interests under his administration including
the stolen N9 trillion detailed in the leaked NNPC memo and channel the
resources towards food security for Nigerians.
“The PDP states that it is a complete disservice to Nigerians for the
government to place restrictive directives on food for the masses, while
interests condoned by the same administration are frittering our common
“The PDP wants to believe that while Mr. President enjoys the comfort,
luxury, sufficiency and safety of the government house, he is barely
aware of the sufferings of Nigerians.
“Our party therefore charges President Buhari to immediately rescind his
directive before it inflicts more damage on the polity.