OPPOSITION Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday faulted President Muhammadu Buhari’s New Year address to the nation. It said the President failed to address depressing security and economic issues.
In a statement by its national spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan, the party carpeted the President for failing to tackle fundamental security and economic issues confronting the nation.
The party described Buhari’s address as another round of false claims and empty promises, which it said, has become routine in the past three years under the All Progressives Congress (APC).
It added that it was for that reason that the PDP had earlier advised the Federal Government not to bother about any New Year message to Nigerians.
The statement reads: “We already knew the pattern and we advised against it this year. We knew their New Year message would heighten Nigerians’ despondency rather than providing us hope.”
The party also expressed disappointment that President Buhari attempted to appropriate and claim credit for the achievements of the immediate past Pdp Administration.
It said that instead of inspiring the people, the address ended up depressing and annoying them the more as it held no message and did not proffer any solutions to the problems.
The PDP statement further reads: “Instead of offering solutions, or providing the indices for development, the Presidency deployed over 2000 words passing the buck, begging the question, making empty claims and attempting to appropriate achievements of the PDP administration.
“What could be more depressing than the fact that the President, who is also the Minister of Petroleum Resources, did not give a clear-cut solution to the acute fuel crisis bedeviling his nation today?
“The President’s speech neither addressed how to raise the fallen value of the naira nor how to rescue the labour market from the eight million job losses and acute unemployment being suffered by Nigerians.
“The address completely failed to respond to issues of corruption under the APC regime, including allegations of budget padding, secret oil subsidy deals, illegal lifting of crude worth trillions of naira, pillaging of Nigeria’s foreign reserve, diversion of billions of naira for insurgency related matters, all by APC interests.
“Furthermore, the speech had no assurances on the worsening economic recession ravaging families under this regime; it had nothing on the dilapidated infrastructure and attendant stress on the economy, which the APC government has caused Nigerians.
“Rather, what we heard was a boring litany of buck passing, lame declarations and barefaced attempt to appropriate and claim credit for achievements and landmark projects initiated, articulated and implemented by the PDP administration, including, the railway, electricity and agricultural projects.
“We challenge the APC Presidency to tell Nigerians which landmark project it has initiated, articulated and executed in its close to three years of governance.”