Directive on Food Importation: Buhari, APC out to punish Nigerians

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…Says policy is anti-people, ill-timed

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has described President Muhammadu Buhari’s directive to the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) stop providing foreign exchange for food importation in the country as mean, ill-timed and completely against the wellbeing of Nigerians.

The National Publicity Secretary of the party, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan who disclosed this in a statement in Abuja on Thursday said that the directive would worsen food scarcity, exacerbate the already harsh economic situation and the general depression, frustration, resentment and despair in the country under President Buhari’s watch.

Ologbondiyan observed that instead of bringing solutions to the depreciating living conditions in the country, President Buhari was rather imposing more suffering by ordering the removal of subsidy on food even when it was manifestly clear that he had failed on all fronts to achieve any level of food security despite the huge resources available to his administration.

He added that by the directive, the Buhari Presidency and the All Progressives Congress (APC) had again demonstrated their insensitivity towards millions of Nigerians who were already suffering acute hunger and starvation due to severe food shortage and high prices brought by President Buhari’s misrule.

According to him,” The PDP states strongly that Nigerians do not, in any way, deserve such suffering being foisted on them by such directive on food.

“Such situation will only breed further despondency among our citizens, heighten our security challenges and put more pressure on compatriots, many of whom, in the face of suffering occasioned by APC misrule, are resorting to suicide and slavery mission as options.

“Instead of removing subsidy on food and putting more suffering on Nigerians, the PDP urges President Buhari to cut the billions of naira being wasted on luxuries in his Presidency and free the funds for the welfare of the masses.”

The PDP spokesman urged Buhari to recover the over N14 trillion siphoned by APC interests under his administration including the stolen N9 trillion detailed in the leaked NNPC memo and channel the resources towards food security for Nigerians adding that “it is a complete disservice to Nigerians for the government to place restrictive directives on food for the masses, while interests condoned by the same administration are frittering our common patrimony.”

“The PDP wants to believe that while Mr. President enjoys the comfort, luxury, sufficiency and safety of the government house, he is barely aware of the sufferings of Nigerians.

“Our party therefore charges President Buhari to immediately rescind his directive before it inflicts more damage on the polity”, he added.

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