The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Sunday said the Buhari Presidency’s arrogant trivialization of the nation’s tragic descent to a failed state, under its incompetent and corrupt All Progressives Congress-led (APC) administration, further confirmed that Nigeria was on autopilot with nobody in charge.
The party, in a statement by the National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, asserted that the Presidency’s conceited response to Financial Times’ editorial on the sorry state of affairs in Nigeria under President Buhari also further confirmed the position of the PDP that there was complete leadership failure in Nigeria.
The party said it was sad that the Buhari Presidency preferred to rebuff wise counsel and continue to drive the nation to the precipice instead of seeking help for the sake of millions of traumatized Nigerians.
“Indeed, the editorial by Financial Times is only stating the obvious, as our nation under President Buhari has presented all the trappings of a failed state including having a rudderless government with a dysfunctional command structure that cannot guarantee security, manage our economy or even perform very simple tasks of governance.
“Our great nation now tends towards a leaderless society where terrorists, bandits, kidnappers, marauders and vandals have taken the lead, running riotous across our land while those who promised to protect lives and property have gone into hiding in Aso Presidential Villa.
“Under President Buhari life is fast tilting towards Hobbesian state of nature; driven by the combined negatives of an incompetent and unconcerned Presidency and a reckless, kleptomaniac and dysfunctional ruling party that is more interested in power-grabbing instead of governance.
“President Buhari has badly failed in governance to the extent that over 600 students could be kidnapped by bandits in his home state, Katsina, a few hours after his security machinery took over the state, where he had gone to holiday.
“Under Buhari’s watch, our command structure has become extremely weak that government officials now patronize bandits and rationalize acts of terrorism to the extent of blaming victims for not obtaining permission before living their normal lives as was the case in the 43 farmers beheaded by terrorists in Borno state.
“Under this failed administration, outlaws who had been pushed to the fringes by previous administration have resurged and taken control of some parts of our nation where they reportedly have to give their consent to residents before they can conduct weddings, naming ceremonies or operate their markets, ” PDP said.
The main opposition party in the country further stated that “it now takes Presidents of neighboring countries like Chadian President Idris Derby to personally lead his troops into Nigeria territories to rout out insurgents and free Nigerian communities and our soldiers held captive by terrorists.”
The party also stated that the Buhari administration had wrecked the robust economy, destroyed the value of the Naira and turned the nation into world poverty capital, where life had become so unbearable that compatriots now resorted to suicide and slavery mission abroad as options.
The PDP cautioned officials of the Buhari Presidency to stop playing with the sensibilities of Nigerians by their arrogant dismissal of wise counsel on how to redeem the nation.
It said they should advise President Buhari to take a back seat and allow competent hands to manage critical sectors of the national life before it was too late.