The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has described the Democracy Day address by President Muhammadu Buhari as uninspiring, hollow, full of self-praise and false performance claims, without addressing issues agitating the minds of Nigerians.
Describing the broadcast and the worst since President Buhari assumed office three years ago, the main opposition party said the address was garnished with a list of phantom projects and executive regurgitation designed to sway Nigerians and divert attention from the many failures of the administration.
In a statement on Tuesday signed by Kola Ologbondiyan, PDP National Publicity Secretary, the party argued that no line in the Democracy Day broadcast addressed justice for victims of abuse of human rights, reported executive high-handedness, illegal arrests and detentions, extra-judicial executions as well as victims of killings and daily bloodletting in Benue, Taraba, Zamfara, Kaduna,Plateau, Borno, Kogi, Yobe and other parts of the country by insurgents.
“The few Nigerians who bordered to listen to the address were miffed that, in the most insensitive manner, Mr. President failed to show empathy to millions of citizens groaning under the worst form of poverty, starvation and economic hardship occasioned by his misrule.
“President Buhari’s aloofness to the plight of Nigerians is manifest in all the lines of the speech.
“Mr. President, on Democracy Day, had no words of assurance on the unrelenting violation of our constitution; assault on the National Assembly and erosion of personal freedom of citizens.
“The President said nothing on the humonguous corruption going on under his administration, where APC leaders and cabal at the Presidency have stolen over N10 trillion, mainly from a sector under his direct supervision,” the statement reads.
The party also noted that the President gave no commitment towards the conduct of free, fair and credible 2019 general elections because he knew that Nigerians had rejected him ahead of the polls.
“Incredibly, Mr. President’s handlers chose to subject him to a fantasy trip, making false performance claims with phantom projects, muddling up economic statistics and ended up worsening his already diminished public perception.
“This is exactly why the PDP had earlier advised President Buhari not to border to address Nigerians on Democracy Day.
“The PDP notes that Nigerians have reached a consensus that the 2018 Democracy Day celebration is the last for the Buhari Presidency and the APC. Our citizens have endured under the misrule of the APC, keeping their hopes in the 2019 elections to get back our democracy on the platform of the repositioned PDP.
“In solidarity with Nigerians, the National Working Committee of the PDP has already held a meeting where it reviewed the circumstances and will formally address Nigerians on the issues of misrule of our nation in the last three years,” the statement added.
OWEDE AGBAJILEKE, Abuja