…Laments 43% FDI flight
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has raised an alarm over the escalating insecurity, rising political uncertainties, biting economic hardship as well as prevailing tension in all parts of the country saying that the nation is collapsing under President Muhammadu Buhari and his All Progressives Congress (APC).
The National Working Committee (NWC) of the Party, rising from a crucial meeting on Wednesday noted that the red flag had become urgent following the manifest total loss of faith by Nigerians, across the board in the ability of the Buhari Presidency to provide a democratic leadership that can engender a peaceful and secure nation.
The Party in a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan observed that it was deeply worried that the nation which was a prosperity hub and a reference point for democracy, personal freedom and good governance, now had all the trappings of a failed state with government under President Buhari being unable to guarantee any of its fundamental duties to the extent that citizens were now desperate to take their destinies in their hands.
PDP pointed out that it was clear that the APC and the Buhari Presidency had held Nigerians hostage adding that Nigerians were now being treated like a conquered people to the extent that they could no longer freely exercise their constitutionally guaranteed rights.
It added that executive high-handedness had become a state policy just as the APC government, burdened by challenges of illegitimacy, had lost direction and only thriving in vindictiveness.
PDP noted that due to the prevailing anti-democratic proclivities of the Buhari Presidency, the once cohesive and economically thriving nation had come under distress on all fronts saying “never in the history of our nation has our fault lines become so visible; uncertainty now envelopes our nation; citizens are nervous and agitated as ominous hopelessness sets in.”
It continued,”Our party has also noticed that since the defence of the APC and President Buhari collapsed at the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal, the APC and its government have taken to harassment and repression of Nigerians by surreptitiously suspending constitutional provisions of freedom of speech and association in our country.
“Many compatriots are being taken in as political prisoners all in a bid to foist a siege mentality and suppress public opinion.
“Today, the Buhari Presidency cannot guarantee the security and safety of citizens. Bloodletting and violence have become the order of the day. Invaders, insurgents, kidnappers and killers have taken over major highways and communities; our nation’s security machinery has become overstretched; Nigerians now live in palpable fear; they cannot freely travel within their country and the government has no answers.”
On the economic front, the Party maintained that President Buhari had ruined the economy and led the nation to become the world’s capital of poverty while condoning the humongous corruption that had become the hallmark of his failed administration.
“Sadly, President Buhari’s anti-development policies, the corruption in his government as well as its failure to provide security have scared away foreign investors from our nation.
“Only recently, the United Nations declared that 43 percent of our nation’s Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) has taken flight to other countries. Unemployment has gone out of proportion and there is no hope in sight.
“Our worry is that the prevailing situation of hopelessness under President Buhari and the APC is threatening our national cohesion and corporate existence as a nation”, the Party said.
PDP therefore, called on all Nigerians of good faith as well as the international community to come to the rescue by speaking out against the prevailing situation in Nigeria before it was too late even as it urges urges Nigerians not to despair but to keep hope alive in their confidence towards the retrieval of Atiku Abubakar’s stolen presidential mandate at the tribunal.
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