The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has slammed President Muhammadu Buhari for poorly managing Nigeria’s diversity, calling on him to unite the country.
National Chairman of PDP, Mr. Uche Secondus at a press briefing in Abuja on Monday said until there is official eagerness to unite the diverse ethnic nationalities that make up Nigeria, the nation would be worse for it.
He urged President Buhari to adopt the use of technology in the fight against insurgency, banditry and all forms of criminality in the land.
He bemoaned the activities of non-state actors who “have killed hundreds of Nigerians in the past few months”.
He said: “We call for the deployment of technology in the fight against terror, banditry, and other crimes. The PDP demands that all culprits should be brought to book. The apparent failure of intelligence to track attacks by bandits and follow up on them is a clear failure of the intelligence community. The Nigerian Communications Satellite Limited NIGCOMSAT, established many years ago by a PDP administration, is designed for this purpose and others.
“It is very clear that Nigeria is on the precipice with arms-bearing non-state actors menacingly overrunning our state and its institutions and daily eroding our sovereignty.
“These perilous situations have manifested through terrorism, banditry, kidnapping, arson, and inexplicable murderous rampage across our nation. Government’s monopoly over legitimate coercive powers has been compromised and torpedoed, with criminal gangs let loose across our nation.
“It is unimaginable that terrorists, who had been pushed out to the fringes by the President Goodluck Jonathan administration, leading to the successful elections of 2015, have since boldly reasserted themselves and are now taking territories in five local governments of Niger State, which is only two hours from Abuja”.
Secondus drew the attention of the world to the lamentations of two governors, who incidentally are members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), saying the Boko Haram sect, contrary to claims of government is now more daring than it was before the advent of the Buhari-led administration in 2015.
He added: “It is important to note that the Governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir El-Rufal-Rufai who by his position, is armed with credible intelligence, raised the alarm that terrorists and bandits were making inroads into the towns in Kaduna state.
“Also noteworthy is the alarm raised by the Governor of Nasarawa State, Engr. Sule Abdullahi, that Boko Haram was occupying territories in his state. A strategic and intelligent interpretation of these is that Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory, FCT, is surrounded. Presently, the nation has witnessed an upsurge of kidnapping in the FCT, further giving vent to the assertions of the governors,” he added.
Speaking on the state of the economy, Secondus noted that the nation’s debt burden has since risen to N32.9 trillion, pointing out that the only economic management tool known by the Buhari-led government is mind-boggling borrowing.
“The incompetence and absence of a clear policy for the economy is fast leading us into the woods of insolvency, which was recently confirmed by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation NNPC’s confession that it would not be able to make remittances to the Federal Accounts Allocation Committee, FAAC, for the month of April as well as the confusing response of government regarding the appropriate use of Ways and Means (printing money) to address our mounting economic challenges.
“It is also very clear that despite the whimsical closure and reopening of borders, the supposed consumption of the Premium Motor Spirit, PMS, alone has increased from about 30 million litres in 2015 to over 60 million litres even when the production capacity of the economy has seriously diminished. Many companies and businesses have dumped Nigeria for neighbouring countries because of an apparent inclement operational environment.
“Further source of worry is the exchange rate that was at N180 to a dollar in 2014, now stands at nearly N500 to a dollar contrary to the APC’s propaganda-laden promise of matching a dollar to one naira.”
“We are worried that the APC government, in its character, formation, and modus-operandi, has successfully mismanaged our diversity. It is clear that the core philosophy of the APC is to run a government of exclusion. They do not constructively engage Nigerians, except for erratic statements by Mallam Garba Shehu, which further fans the embers of disaffection. Its sheer arrogance coupled with an aloof President is a disaster waiting to happen”.