President Muhammadu Buhari has exhibited the highest form of illusion by
claiming that his administration has performed better in governance than
previous Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, administrations, the opposition
party has said in a statement.
The statement signed by Kola Ologbondinyan, said President Buhari’s claims
are not only ridiculous but “completely irreconcilable with the
harrowing economic and security realities, has exposed President Buhari
as the author of series of false performance indices and propaganda in
the public place, designed to beguile Nigerians ahead of 2019 elections.”
According to the statement:
“President Buhari has forgotten that despite the temporary setback of the
PDP in the 2015 elections, Nigerians are still aware that during the PDP
administration, with our people-oriented policies, our nation was a
better place to live.
“Nigerians easily recall that during the PDP tenure, the standard of
living and purchasing power of citizens were at their peaks; the private
sector flourished; more businesses opened and blossomed thereby
providing millions of jobs and Nigerians were more united and secure.
“Painfully, in the space of three years, the Buhari Presidency has
reversed all these gains!
“It is also instructive to remind Mr. President that he inherited a
robust economy, which was nurtured by the PDP to become the biggest in
Africa and one of the fastest growing in the world, unfortunately, he
has dragged us into the worst form of recession, starvation and hunger
with his harsh and restrictive economic policies.
“PDP also invites President Buhari to remember that his consistent global
de-marketing of our nation led to the flight of Foreign Direct
Investments, job losses and the tumbling of our naira from N165/1USD
where the PDP left it in 2015 to N360 to 1USD under his watch.
“The harsh policies of President Buhari’s tenure have stifled the
economy, leading to collapse of businesses, loss of over 24 million jobs
in three years with another 27.44 million Nigerians refusing to work for
reasons not unconnected to failure of governance.
“Under President Buhari’s suppressive rule, families have experienced the
worst from of hardship with prices of food items, essential goods and
services, skyrocketing beyond the reach of average citizens.
“Staple foods such as rice which sold at N7,500 per bag under the PDP now
sells above N16,000, a measure (mudu) of garri and beans which sold at
N150 and N200 now go for N400 and N500 respectively; a kilo of beef
which sold for N700 now sells for N1,400; a bag of cement which sold at
N1,500 now goes for N2,600, fuel price has been jerked up from N87 per
liter to N145, cost of transport, medicare and other essential services
have all soared by over 100 percent.
“Under President Buhari’s incompetent administration, bloodletting has
become the order of the day, our nation has become a killing field where
government cannot guarantee the safety of citizens.
“It is therefore a condemnable slap on the sensibilities of Nigerians
that instead of being apologetic for the abysmal performance of his
administration, President Buhari is rather engaged in unhelpful
propaganda and cosmetic media stunts.
“The fact is that the Buhari-led APC government has overstretched the
forbearance of Nigerians with its crass disdain to their suffering, for
which they will deploy every legitimate measure to vote him out and
return the PDP, come 2019.