- Oyegun: You’re talking nonsense
The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has taken a critical assessment of the almost two-year-old All Progressives Congress (APC)-led Federal Government and returned a damning verdict: President Muhammadu Buhari has failed in every facet of the nation’s life.
The party, which based its assessment on President Muhammadu Buhari’s Easter message to Nigerians, said Mr. President claimed achievements were insult to the intelligence of Nigerians who have been at the receiving end of his government’s mismanagement in the last two years.
Spokesperson for the PDP National Caretaker Committee, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, in a statement yesterday, The opposition party stated that the president has not only failed to sustain what he met on ground when he took over on May 29, 2015 but has reversed the achievements recorded by the PDP when the party was in power.
Of particular concern, according to the PDP, is the Boko Haram insurgency in the North-East, which the party said was on the verge of being crushed when APC took over power in 2015.
“The truth of the matter was that the insurgents were on the back foot, in hasty retreat and with their backs to the wall by February–March of 2015.
“The then NSA (National Security Adviser), Col. Ibrahim Dasuki had requested that the elections be postponed by six weeks to enable the government to launch a major offensive to push Boko Haram out of all the occupied territories.
This offensive achieved its objective so much so that elections took place in all the LGAs of the North East,” the statement recalled. It added that the PDP not only defeated Boko Haram before it handed over power in 2015 but also reduced kidnapping and other anti-social vices in the country.
“The same cannot be said today as kidnapping has taken a new turn. We are also facing another menace of insecurity in the name of herdsmen attacking and displacing communities across the country.
Suicide is also gradually becoming a household name in Nigeria as citizens who cannot cope with the current harsh economic condition have resorted to taking their own lives,” PDP observed.
The party stated that the armaments procured by former President Goodluck Jonathan were what is still being used to prosecute the insurgency war.
The PDP also condemned Buhari’s anti-corruption war, noting that it was not only selective, but was targeted at humiliating only leaders and other members of the opposition party.
“The entire anti-corruption war of the APC since inception is just in the media with only one conviction.
“Many of the cases in courts have been set aside and suspects discharged and acquitted while others are in EFCC and DSS detention centres without trial against their fundamental human rights as enshrined in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,” it said.
The party stated that the APC-led Federal Government is at the crossroads as its whistle-blower and the EFCC are now shying away from telling Nigerians the owner of huge sums of money being discovered almost on a daily basis.
“The most absurd of this charade is the macabre dance on the so-called $43,449,947, £27,800 and N23,218,000 purportedly recovered at an apartment in Osborne Street, Ikoyi, Lagos,” the statement noted.
PDP claimed that the money was linked to proceeds from the sale of turbines by a former APC governor, alleging that part of the proceeds was used to finance the 2015 APC campaign.
According to Adeyeye, “The claim by the Director- General of the Nigeria Intelligence Agency (NIA) that the agency owns the stolen money ‘found’ in a private residence is another bad comedy by this failed APC administration.”
PDP further regretted that the nation’s economy is in comatose in the last two years of APC administration, recalling that the immediate past PDP government grew Nigeria’s GDP from $270.5 billion in 2009, “and handed over a Nigeria that had grown to become the fastest growing and largest economy in Africa and the 24th largest economy in the World, with a GDP of $574 billion.
“In May 2015, the PDP also handed over a single digit inflation rate, but today, inflation rate in Nigeria is at a double digit of 17.26 per cent.
“The recession we are experiencing today in the country is as a result of the failure of the APC-led administration to properly manage our economy.
“The only project of note that this government has ever commissioned is the Abuja-Kaduna railroad which was 99 per cent completed by the PDP administration,” PDP said. But, the National Chairman of APC, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, has faulted the PDP’s claim that Buhari’s performance on the economy was very poor.
In an interview with New Telegraph, Oyegun described PDP criticism of Buhari as arrant nonsense. He said: “All l can say is that what they are saying is arrant nonsense. We inherited from them a totally ruined economy.
Before they left, even the Federal Government was unable to pay salaries; states were unable to pay salaries but this has been normalized. Not only that.
The total state of the economy has been restored and the president has taken his time putting the nation and the economy back together again.
“The economy has started to respond. We have moved from an oil economy, which became an ATM for the PDP to a multi-faceted economy, which depends not just on oil anymore but now on agriculture, on solid minerals and so on.
“What Buhari has done is that he has virtually created a new Nigeria that can no longer be subjected to any mono economy, whether it is oil, agriculture or solid minerals.
Buhari has stabilised the economy and virtually wiped out insurgency in the North East. “During PDP’s time, these insurgents were holding Nigeria territory and hoisting their flag but all that is now gone. So, they don’t have any proof of what they talking.
We are now gradually getting out of recession. The economy is responding as money is being put into infrastructure, into agriculture to the extent of being self sufficient in rice production.” He said that the PDP was leaving in the past.
Kogi Massacre: Gov Bello to set up commission of enquiry
Muhammad BashirLokojaGovernor Bello of Kogi State, yesterday, said he would set judicial commission of enquiry to unravel the killing at Oganenigu in Dekina local government area, by those he described as armed bandits. Suspected Fulani herdsmen had on Wednesday, attacked communities at Dekina, Omala and Bassa local governments where about 50 people, including children were killed and several houses set ablaze. The governor, who was addressing the detachment of Nigeria Army camp, at the neighbouring community said his administration is passionate about human lives. “I want to assure the people of Igalaland and people of the entire state that the state under my watch will not shy away from is responsibility. The primary responsibility of every government is to protect the lives and properties of it citizens,” the governor added.
He equally promised to provide basic amenities to the people of the area. Meanwhile, some of the survivors, who spoke with Sunday Telegraph said the assailants invaded them in the early hours of last week Wednesday. Smaila Maji, while narrating his ordeal, said the herdsmen came into the village and began to shoot on site.
”The attack took us by surprise around 8am on Wednesday. As they entered the city they started shooting at the natives sporadically. Our people tried to repel the attackers but were overwhelmed as they were over 500 in number,” he said. He said the people had no option but to run for their livesas the herders continued to shoot at them with their AK47. According to him, the attackers killed about 25 people instantly, while many of people are missing; they also killed about six people at Ogbakaka. “In fact, we are searching for more bodies,” he said. Maji furthered that the attacker carted away foodstuffs, physical cash and about 45 motorcycles belonging to the natives.
“There is virtually no young man, who is not having a motorcycle. Our people have moved out in droves to neighboring villages. The village has no police station andno health facility,” he added. Mr. Aaron Baba who lost his father during the attack, toldSunday Telegraph that the attackers came in wearing military Camouflage.”They came in took us by surprise. They came in military camouflage with AK47, AK45 and AK49 you can see the empty bullet shells scattered all over.”I am appealing to Government for assistance. We have been friendly with Fulani to the extent of engaging in trade by Bata until recently when they started acting like Boko Haram.” Another survivor, Ibrahim Shaibu said the attackers did not only shoot and slaughter his people, they also set houses ablaze while the occupants were still sleeping.
PDP links importation of military gadgets to Kogi massacre
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said there appeared a link between the attack in Kogi State that led to death of 50 people and the illegal importation of military gadgets by persons allegedly linked to the state government.
The party said the people should hold Kogi State government and the All Progressives Congress (APC) responsible for the massacre.
PDP said in a statement yesterday by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan that after a thorough analysis of the circumstances and events preceding the attack, “there are crucial pointers that the APC and the Kogi State government have very serious questions to answer.”
The party noted that the attack was preceded by revelations of importation of military gadgets by persons allegedly linked to the APC and the Kogi State Government.
According to the statement, APC and Kogi State government must respond to the question troubling the minds of Nigerians on the perceived clandestine involvement in activities that must have encouraged or aided those behind the attack.
“From every indication, there is no how one can exonerate the APC and its administration at the federal and Kogi State levels from this evil against the people,” the party said.
It noted that President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration did not take any definite steps to ensure adequate security in the ravaged communities despite series of alarms of security threats, including the exposed illegal smuggling of military gadgets into the state.
“In spite the allegations by the people of Kogi State that the military equipment were being delivered to suspected marauders, the Buhari-led Federal Government did not take an decisive steps to arrest and investigate those fingered in the illegal trafficking, particularly the already indicted aides of Kogi State governor, Yahaya Bello.
“This raises questions of conspiracy against the people by the APC government both at the federal and Kogi State levels,” PDP stated.
It wondered why did the Federal Government failed to deploy adequate security to the communities in the face of obvious threats and why has the presidency refused to take any firm step to investigate the illegal importation of military equipment into Kogi State, even when such gives a clue as to how marauders gain access to weapons?
“Furthermore, why did the APC, as a ruling party, fail to condemn the illegal importation of security gadgets or even caution its government in Kogi State, if it is not also involved in the illicit act that is now being linked to this massacre?
“Now that the deed has been done, all we get are apathetic statements and crocodile tears from the Federal and Kogi State governments while those behind the act are still walking free and probably targeting their next victims.
“The PDP resolutely condemn this obvious betrayal of the people by the APC-controlled government. We insist that life is sacred and must not be used as a pawn by any person to achieve any aim under any guise whatsoever.
“While we commiserate with the victims of the attack, we insist that the presidency and the Kogi state government must be put to task on these killings. The truth must be exposed,” the statement added.
Buhari cancels trip to Rwanda
President Muhammadu Buhari has cancelled a trip to Rwanda for the extraordinary meeting of African Union heads of state and government.
Presidential sources told TheCable that Buhari suddenly cancelled the meeting scheduled to hold in Kigali, capital of the country, on Wednesday.
The president would have departed for Kigali on Monday. He was supposed to sign the framework agreement for establishing the Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA).
On Wednesday, the federal executive council consented to Nigeria signing the framework agreement for the CFTA.
The council had also approved that Nigeria expresses its interest to host the secretariat of the CFTA.
CFTA is the first step in the implementation of “AU Agenda 2063: the vision for an integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa”.
A team, comprising protocol staff, security officers and journalists, who were preparing to take off, were asked to return from Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.
No reason was given for the development.
Femi Adesina and Garba Shehu, spokesmen of the president, are yet to speak on the issue.
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