The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) challenges President Muhammadu Buhari
and the All Progressives Congress (APC) to quickly respond to the
damning report by the United States government, which further exposed
the festering corruption, impunity, gross violation of rights and
killings under the watch of the Buhari Presidency.
This report by the US Department of State further vindicates our stand
that the Buhari-led APC government is overtly and inherently corrupt,
vengeful and has been engaging in smear campaign against the opposition
to divert public attention from its atrocities.
The US report directly indicted the APC-led Federal Government of
official corruption, secretiveness, high-handedness, restriction of
personal freedom and rights, executive influence on the judiciary,
wanton arrests, detention and persecution of opposition as well as extra
judicial and arbitrary killing of citizens by state controlled security
The report also directly discredited President Buhari’s fight against
corruption as targeted against opposition members while government
officials and APC members, openly indicted of corruption, especially
those close to Mr. President, are not prosecuted.
From the report, the world can now see that the PDP has not been raising
false alarm on the unbearable savagery and massive corruption of the APC
administration, which has proven to be the worst in the history of our
The world has now known why the APC-led Federal Government has been
fixated at silencing opposition voices using the tyrannical instruments
of intimidation, arrest, detention, trumped-up charges and media trial
while emasculating free speech and press freedom in our country, all
designed to hide their atrocities from the world.
Today, it is clear to the world why Nigerians are leaving their country
in droves to other parts of the world even at the peril of slavery and
Under President Buhari and the APC, our country is in great pain. Our
constitution appears to have been technically suspended. Citizens now
live in fear; bloodletting by marauders and extra judicial killings have
become the order of the day; billions of naira meant for the
rehabilitation of victims of insurgency are daily frittered by
government officials while fundamental human rights have become
While we urge Nigerians to remain calm, we are surprised that the
Buhari Presidency has suddenly become dumb in the face of obviously
overwhelming allegations, believing that the tide will flow by.
The PDP therefore challenges the Presidency and the APC to end their
arrogant disdain for the people and immediately respond to all
allegations raised in the report. These are weighty issues and they can
no longer hide under the canopy of politics to dismiss them with a wave
of the hand as they did in the past.
Finally, the PDP calls on United States President Donald Trump to note
the damning finding in the report by the US Department of States and
review his earlier invitation to President Buhari, until the issues
raised are addressed.