Nigeria’s main opposition People’s Democratic Party has criticised the president Newyears Speech saying the had failed to provide solutions to the painful problems of the masses but rather making empty claims.
The party’s National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, in a statement yesterday said: “Instead of offering solutions or providing the indices for development, the presidency deployed over 2,000 words passing the buck, begging the question, making empty claims, and attempting to appropriate achievements of the PDP administration. What could be more depressing than the fact that the president, who is also the minister of petroleum resources, did not give a clear-cut solution to the acute fuel crisis bedevilling this nation today?”
He said: “The president’s speech neither addressed how to raise the fallen value of the naira nor how to rescue the labour market from the 8 million job losses and acute unemployment being suffered by Nigerians under the APC. The address completely failed to respond to issues of corruption under the APC regime, including allegations of budget padding, secret oil subsidy deals, illegal lifting of crude worth trillions of naira, pillaging of Nigeria’s foreign reserve, diversion of billions of naira for insurgency-related matters, all by APC interests.”
Ologbodiyan said the speech had no assurance on the worsening economic recession ravaging families under his regime;’’it had nothing on the dilapidated infrastructure and attendant stress on the economy which APC government has caused Nigerians.
He said his party challenge the APC presidency to tell Nigerians which landmark project it has initiated, articulated and executed before the APC took power by propaganda and lies in 2015’
Meanwhile, father Mbaka said if Buhari doesn’t want to move the country forward, “God will plan a strategy” for doing so. He alleged the president’s “pattern of battling corruption of not just archaic, barbaric, but is also a witch-hunt, and terribly selective.”
“Mr President wake up. Sit up. God said you are toying with the privilege given to you. There is no time. Nigerians are dying in your hand. People are not happy with your system. Change or you will be changed,” said Mbaka at his popular Adoration Ground, in Enugu yesterday.
Delivering the warning, as part of his New Year message to Nigerians in Adoration ministry open camp, the cleric disclosed: “God said that Buhari is in trouble. Buhari is hypnotised. Buhari is in a horrible bondage. Buhari’s mantra has been cannibalised. Unless President Buhari quickly and strategically positions the right people and changes the former ones he inaugurated, the wind of change will blow him away shamefully.
“The wind will be too strong that Mr President and the cabal will be blown out of office shamefully. The wind will be irresistible, for it will come like a hurricane. His office, if he is not careful, another will take.”
In one of his takes against the Goodluck Jonathan administration in 2014, Mbaka had said: “There emerged a Goodluck. All of us were happy. The Goodluck met Yar’adua and Yar’adua died. Before you know it, the Goodluck met our oil and the oil had a bad luck and poured away. Before we knew it, the Goodluck met our naira and our naira had a bad luck. Where are we going? What is the fate of this country? Shall we continue like this? We need change!”
He added: “The Nigerian economy is in a shambles and Nigerians are in sorrow. The country is not just passing through an economic depression; it is also a time of economic repression and compression.