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You’re a failure, PDP replies President Buhari


Oba Darasimi

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has told President Muhammadu Buhari to desist from self-praise, insisting the All Progressives Congress administration has been a total failure.

The PDP, in a press statement issued by, its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, said Buhari’s claims on Thursday that his government had improved on what it inherited from past government was just a desperate face-saving media stunts.

Buhari on Thursday insisted that Nigeria is a better country than it was when he took over in 2015, urging the citizens especially the elite to be fair in their criticism of his administration.

The PDP asserted that President Buhari’s illusory self-assessment further validates its position that “he has since abandoned governance for the luxury and pleasures of Aso Presidential villa, having lost sync with the reality of the devastation his incompetent administration has brought to our nation in the last five years.”

“Every fair criticism of Buhari’s administration only reveals that he is a failure, with a litany of failures and a reversal of fortune for our country in the last five years,” the party said in the statement.

“It is unfortunate that at a time Nigerians expected President Muhammadu Buhari to be remorseful for being a failure and rally compatriots for solution, he is rather seeking an endorsement of his cluelessness.

“How does President Buhari want an unmerited pass mark knowing that under his watch, bandits, terrorists, kidnappers and vandals, who have been pushed to the fringes before he took over in 2015, have now resurged, taking communities hostage, raping our women, beheading our compatriots and foisting a reign of terror to the extent that our nation ranked as the third country with the highest level of terrorism in 2019, after Iran and Afghanistan?

“How does President Buhari sleep in the night, in the comfort of Aso villa, knowing that because of his failures, millions of Nigerians go to bed on empty stomach; that since he took over, more than 30 million businesses have crumbled; that over 60 million Nigerians have lost their means of livelihood resulting in excruciating hardship in our country in the last five years?

“It is unfortunate that President Buhari wants Nigerians to overlook the fact that he is a failure and he wrecked a robust economy handed over to him in 2015 with Fitch B+ rating as one of the fastest-growing economies in the world and turned our nation into the world’s poverty capital and a beggar nation, that is now borrowing from all parts of the world?

“Is President Buhari trivializing the pain of a nation which his administration plunged into the worst type of economic recession; where families can no longer afford their daily meals and other necessities of life; and where life has become so unbearable that compatriots now resort to suicide and slavery mission abroad as options?

“Does President Buhari need to be reminded that since he took over, no less than 30 million businesses have crumbled; that over 60 million Nigerians have lost their source of livelihood; that when he took over in 2015 our naira was at N160 to a dollar but has now been weakened to almost N500 per dollar?”

It further observed: “It is unfortunate that President Buhari wants Nigerians to forget that under him, a litre of fuel sold for N87 per litre under the PDP now sells as high as N170 to N200; that the price of staple food such as rice which sold for N10,000 per bag under the PDP now sells for N30,000; that a measure of garri which sold for N100 now sells for N350 and that a litre of palm oil which sold for N200 now sells for N600. “

The PDP counselled President Buhari and his handlers to note that “Nigerians are already faced with the ugly realities of their misrule and cannot be beguiled by false performance claims emanating from them.”

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