The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has claimed that Nigeria
is asphyxiating, in dire straits and fast grinding to a halt under President
Bola Ahmed Tinubu and the All Progressives Congress (APC).
PDP, via a statement issued on Monday, argued that Nigeria
is at the edge of the precipice under the Tinubu-led APC.
“Our Party is alarmed that there is a serious disconnection
between the government and the citizens arising from ill-planned and hasty
implementation of policies that have brought excruciating hardship, horrifying
insecurity and a general sense of apprehension that is already threatening the
peace, unity and corporate existence of our nation.
“The administration’s lack of ingenuity, tact and
sensitivity towards the wellbeing of Nigerians in the removal of subsidy and
floating of the Naira inflamed unbearable high cost of living, crippled our
national productivity, crashed millions of businesses and sparked massive job
loss with attendant escalated poverty, hunger, insecurity and hopelessness
across the country,” the opposition party averred.
The party also claimed that the situation has snowballed
into a dangerous loss of investors’ confidence with international companies
exiting Nigeria and leaving millions of Nigerians stranded in the labour market
with crippling effect on Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) which are the real
drivers of the nation’s economy.
The opposition party further said: “It is horrifying that in
the last two months, over 150 million Nigerians can no longer afford their
daily meals with families now going to bed on empty stomach.
“It is appalling that the APC government continues to tout
their fraud-prone palliative program of a miserable average 1,200 bags of rice
to Nigerians in each State of the country. The APC has expanded its capacity to
deceive and defraud Nigerians through phony programmes; a situation that has
heightened frustration across the country.
“Moreover, the PDP describes as distressing that the APC
government had turned a blind eye to the plight of Nigerians with no concrete
commitment towards the safety of lives of our citizens despite the killing of
over 500 Nigerians in Plateau, Benue, Niger, Kaduna and other States of the
federation, with many more abducted since May 29, 2023.
The failure of the APC government to decisively act since
the abduction of eight corps members who were on their way to Sokoto State for
their one-year mandatory national service is another ugly testament of the APC
government insensitivity towards the security, safety and wellbeing of
More disturbing is the recent downing of a Nigerian military
aircraft with attendant loss of lives of our brave and gallant military
personnel without corresponding reassuring statement from the APC government.
“Currently, under the APC, life expectancy in Nigeria has
plummeted. Citizens and residents live in constant apprehension and cannot move
freely across the country for fear of being killed or abducted.
Instead of protecting Nigerians, the APC government is
desperate to plunge our nation into a needless war in Niger Republic over a
conflict in that nation that does not constitute any threat whatsoever to our
Our Party is concerned that the general sense of
despondency, anxiety, distress and disconnection in the country, if not
urgently addressed, could deteriorate into a serious crisis.
The PDP charges Nigerians to remain calm, law-abiding and
continue to support one another in their quest for a secure and economically
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