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30 Days In Office: APC Still Lacks Focus –PDP

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo

*Calls For National Prayers For Buhari

*I’m Still Cleaning Jonathan’s Rot -Buhari

By Ganiyu Nasirudeen – The opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has accused the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) of inaction after a month of assumption to power, therefore, called on Nigerians to join hands in prayers for the present administration to make headway.

The party said after a careful evaluation of the first 30 days of President Muhammadu Buhari and APC’s administration, prayers at this time, was necessary as it held the administration was finding it difficult to locate its bearing, stating that the 30 days of “all motion and no movement”, did not augur well for the polity.

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo

Buhari and Osinbajo

The PDP National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh made the accusation in a statement he issued Sunday, maintaining that the enormity of the confusion surrounding the government and party in the last one month has made it imperative for Nigerians to join hands in prayers as the success or failure of the Buhari’s administration would not only affect the President and his party alone, but by extension, the entire nation.

“We urge Nigerians to join hands in prayers and offer useful suggestions to President Muhammadu Buhari and the APC because with what we have seen in the last 30 days, the present administration is finding it very difficult to get its bearings right while showing no inclination towards implementing its numerous campaign promises for which they were voted into office at the center.

“We are deeply worried that the President who promised to unveil his cabinet two weeks after his inauguration, has not been able to decide on key appointments such as ministers, Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), a Chief of Staff and advisers in key sectors of the economy.

“This is more so as the delay has brought government business in ministries, departments and agencies to a dangerous standstill with coordination of important policies vested on ministers and the SGF now in tatters while the system drifts. This situation also creates loopholes through which overzealous persons around that President can connive with unscrupulous elements in the bureaucracy to siphon public resources in addition to possibly misleading the President to violate due process by spending beyond and outside his statutory limits.

“The situation is taking its toll on the economy sector, which has in the 30 days witnessed unprecedented decline with a terrifying crippling of foreign and domestic investments including activities in the money and capital market sectors. Under President Buhari, the stock market has lost over N238 billion while the All-Share Index fell by 849.87 basis points as at June 19.

“In security, apart from the directive to relocate the counter terrorism command center to Borno state and seeking assistance from foreigners, no other concrete step has been taken in the fight against insurgency which the President in his April 22, 2015 CNN interview promised to end within his two months in office.

“Instead, the anti-terrorism effort has completely lost steam in the last 30 days, with insurgents, who had already been pushed to the verge of surrender in the Sambisa forest by the Goodluck Jonathan administration, now surging back and spreading into the country.

“In this regard, we urge the President to confront insurgency and issues of national security with all the vigour they deserve while calling for restrain from actions capable of destroying the fabrics of security intelligence. We also urge for adequate respect for all organs of internal security such as the Directorate of State Security (DSS), which is answerable to the Nigerian state and as such should not be publicly ridiculed by an aide of the President.

“In the same vein, we are disturbed by the ominous signals emanating from the atrocious attempt by the APC to undermine and appropriate the federal legislature resulting in the disruption of lawful proceedings and forced closure of the National Assembly, the symbol of our collective national identity as a democratic state. In this direction, we urge the Presidency and the APC to imbibe democratic tenets and respect the independence of that arm of government” the PDP advised.

PDP also reminded the President Buhari and his party that their campaign promises were bonds which must be fulfilled, hence, urged Mr. President to use the next 10 days to set up his government by announcing his ministers, and other appointees in critical sectors as Metuh declared Nigerians did not “vote for a sole administrator but for a democratic government”.

*I’m Still Cleaning Jonathan’s Rot -Buhari

Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has said there was no basis for PDP’s negative assessment saying what he is doing now is to first clean the rots of Jonathan’s administration, which he said radiate every sector of the economy.

“The Buhari administration is naturally contemplative because there was absolutely no rhyme or reason to the way PDP ran the country, particularly in the immediate past dispensation.

“That is why the Augean Stable is being cleaned now, and it requires scrupulous and painstaking planning.

“Across all sectors, our national life was devalued, and it takes meticulousness and sure-footedness to repair all the breaches.” the presidential spokesperson lamented.


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