The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says President Muhammadu Buhari’s Independence Day broadcast is an insult on the psyche of Nigerians and a mockery of the nation’s integrity as an independent state.
In a statement issued on Tuesday by its spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan, the PDP said the President’s speech was lacking in patriotic stance and replete with manifest inconsistencies, contradictions, paradoxes and false performance claims.
The main opposition party described Buhari’s broadcast as a mockery of democracy, further confirming that the country is in wrong hands.
The party noted that Buhari, in his recorded address failed to address the key issues of freedom, social justice, constitutional order, separation of powers, rule of law, human rights, credible elections, national cohesion, accountability and transparency in government.
“He (Buhari) had no clear-cut and operable blueprint to revamp our economy which his administration wrecked in a period of four years, resulting in so much hardship and despondency that Nigerians now resort to suicide and slavery abroad as options.
“Our party notes that this address further exposes that the Buhari Presidency is not interested in nation building; that it is completely disconnected from the people and remains insensitive to the plights of Nigerians,” the statement read.
The PDP further lamented that under Buhari’s administration, the nation has experienced the worst form of division, deprivation, human rights abuse, constitutional violations, disregard for rule of law, electoral malpractices, disobedience of court orders, disrespect for separation of powers and gagging of the press.
It added that due to the incompetence and legitimacy challenges confronting the Buhari presidency, Nigeria has lost its voice and due regard in the international arena.
“The dearth in foreign direct investments and the inhuman treatments being meted out on our citizens in countries where we were once held in very high esteem, are some of the injuries our nation is suffering under the Buhari administration”, the statement added.
The PDP however urged Nigerians to keep hope alive as the nation collectively awaits the Supreme Court to deliver justice and retrieve the party’s stolen presidential mandate so that the country would have a leadership which it truly deserves.