The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has described the New
Year message by President Bola Tinubu to Nigerians as a “harvest of deceit,
false claims and empty promises”.
In his New Year broadcast on Monday, Tinubu, among other
things, promised to implement a new living wage for workers and fast-track
The president also said his ministers and other appointees
would have to be stellar performers to keep their jobs, adding that parameters
have been set to evaluate the performance of cabinet members.
Reacting in a statement, Debo Ologunagba, PDP spokesperson,
said Tinubu’s speech was “unpresidential, uninspiring and amounts to a waste of
valuable time as it did not address any of the critical issues plaguing the
Ologunagba said Nigerians were “dismayed” as Tinubu
“employed rhetoric and failed to address the critical issues of insecurity,
decayed infrastructure, comatose” manufacturing and productive sectors;
inflation rate, naira depreciation, unemployment and poverty” in the country.
“More distressing is that President Tinubu had no words in
his New Year address for the Christmas Eve genocidal massacre of over 200
Nigerians by terrorists in Plateau State and the murder of over 5000 citizens
in Plateau and other States of the federation under his watch since May 29,
2023,” the statement reads.
Ologunagba said the president’s address was an “unpardonable
assault on the sensibility of Nigerians”, claiming that his foreign trips have
not benefitted the citizens.
He said Tinubu ought to have used the opportunity of the New
Year message to “apologise to Nigerians and marshal out steps to address our
national challenges, including those responsible for the exiting of
multinational manufacturing companies and other businesses from our country”.
“What Nigerians demand of President Tinubu is to provide a
comprehensive account of our nation’s earnings, including the proceeds from the
removal of subsidy on petroleum products, especially in the face of allegations
that the earnings are being diverted to private pockets,” Ologunagba added.
The opposition party spokesperson asked the national
assembly to “step up” and perform its oversight functions by holding the
executive arm accountable for its actions.
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