Your Parochial Approach to Governance Breaking Nigeria, PDP Tells Buhari
Nigeria’s foremost opposition political party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has observed that the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari is characterized by conflicts that are constantly exacerbated by “the insensitive, divisive and parochial approach to governance.”
The party expressed its position in a statement by its national publicity secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, saying sectional conflicts in various parts of the country and bloody ethnic clashes have been on the rise in different parts of the country.
The party therefore pointed out to Buhari that “the once cohesive and economically thriving nation handed over to him in 2015 is fast collapsing in his hands, due to his failure to effectively manage the economy, inability to administer the complex political and sectional nuances of the nation, as well as manifest lack of capacity to confront terrorists, bandits and kidnappers ravaging our country.”
It added that “under the anti-democratic and anti-people proclivities” of the All Progressive Congress (APC) led by President Buhari, the once-thriving country has come under grave tension, to the extent that citizens have become nervous, agitated, lost faith in the polity, with individuals, communities, states and geo-political zones resorting to self-determination as a way of survival.
“It is, indeed, distressing that the Buhari administration cannot handle the fundamental responsibility of government: to guarantee the security, safety of citizens, as well as ensure peaceful co-existence and stability of the nation.
“From Lagos to Borno, Oyo to Ebonyi, Imo to Katsina, Plateau to Osun, Benue to Kano; indeed across our nation, the tension is palpable. Nigerians are losing confidence in the government. The corporate existence of our nation, which patriotic citizens have been labouring for, is now being threatened,” the statement stressed.
The party urged the president to his party’s divisive tendencies, and take urgent steps to guarantee peaceful co-existence in the country by ensuring strict adherence to extant provisions of the 1999 constitution, especially regarding the federal structure and sensibilities.