The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to learn from his Ghanaian counterpart, President Nana Akufo-Addo, how to run a robust economy and a peaceful nation and stop embarrassing Nigeria, especially at the international stage.
In a statement issued by PDP’s National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan, on Wednesday, the party said unlike his Ghanaian counterpart, Buhari’s administration had nothing to show in its first year in office.
The party also criticised the President for offering to assist Ghana in her war against corruption, when his own administration “reeks heavily with corruption as evinced by the Transparency International report which exposed the fact that corruption has worsened in Nigeria under your watch.”
Ologbondiyan said: “When President Buhari was reeling out President Akufo-Addo achievements in his one year in office; his ingenious approach to job creation; the farming-for-job initiative, the senior high school free education, one district-one factory project and one village-one dam initiative among others.
“We hope our dear President reflected on the fact that back home, his inept government had instead, wrecked our once robust economy, the reason he had nothing to present to the world at the ceremony.
“We hope President Buhari recollected that unlike his Ghanaian counterpart, his administration had nothing to show in its first year in office.
“Our President recalls that under his own watch, over eight million Nigerians have lost their jobs, 16 million remained unemployed, 18 million more are underemployed while another 27.44 million refused to work for various reasons related to frustrations occasioned by the negative policies of his government.”
“In the same vein, we hope President Buhari notes that unlike his Ghanaian counterpart, who initiated development projects and opened factories, in Nigeria under his watch, many factories have shut down, infrastructures are collapsing, inflation has soared, fuel price has moved from N86.50 to N250-N300 per liter in various parts of his country, while the nation’s debt profile has continued to escalate.”
The PDP also noted that “when President Buhari offered to assist Ghana in her fight against corruption, we hope he remembered that the world already knows that back home, his administration reeks of allegations bordering on corruption in high places and the Transparency International (TI) report has exposed the fact that corruption has worsened in Nigeria under his government.
“Today, the world knows that what obtains in Nigeria is the direct persecution of opposition members under the guise of a fight against corruption, which has been aided by intimidation of the judiciary and incessant harassment of journalists.
“The PDP therefore urges President Buhari’s handlers to stop embarrassing the nation, especially at the international stage.
“We know that the Presidency sought to use the Ghana visit to curry international endorsement for their 2019 re-election bid, unfortunately, they reaped a harvest of international embarrassment and ridicule.”