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President Buhari’s Speech Uninspiring, Hollow – PDP

The opposition Peoples Democratic Party and the United Peoples Party and the Labour Party have rated the Democracy Day speech of President Muhammadu Buhari below average in terms of addressing the concerns of Nigerians.

The opposition political parties,  which reacted separately in Abuja, on Tuesday, said Nigerians expected much better than the President offered with regards to the assurances about their security, safety, economic growth and prosperity.

On its part, the main opposition party, the PDP, described the President’s address as uninspiring, hollow, and full of self-praise and false performance claims but silent on issues agitating the minds of Nigerians.

The PDP made its position known in a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan. The party said the address was seasoned with a list of phantom projects and “executive regurgitation,” inherently designed by President Buhari’s handlers to sway Nigerians and divert attention from the many failures of his administration.

The PDP said, “Mr. President failed to show the littlest empathy to millions of citizens groaning under the worst form of poverty, starvation and economic hardship occasioned by his misrule.

“No line in the supposed Democracy Day Address” did the President address the issue of justice for victims of human rights abuses, illegal arrests and detentions as well as killings in Benue, Taraba, Zamfara, Kaduna, Plateau, Borno, Kogi and Yobe states, among sundry infractions.

“Mr. President, on Democracy Day, had no words of assurance on the unrelenting violation of our constitution; assault on the National Assembly and erosion of personal freedom of citizens.

“Mr. President’s handlers chose to subject him to a fantasy trip, making false performance claims with phantom projects, muddling up economic statistics and ended up worsening his already diminished public perception.

“PDP notes the fact that the President had no committing words towards the conduct of free, fair and credible 2019 general elections, apparently overwhelmed by the avalanche of his public rejection ahead of the polls,” the party stated. It added that it was largely due to the aforementioned missteps that it “advised President Buhari not to bother to address Nigerians on Democracy Day.”




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