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FG To PDP: Buhari On A Rescue Mission, Won’t Resign

Posted: Sep 16, 2016 at 5:40 am   /   by   /   comments (0)


*Be Patient With Us, APC Tells Nigerians


Temidayo Akinsuyi Lagos


The Federal Government on Thursday said the call by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for President Muhammadu Buhari to resign is “irritant and attempt to distract the government from its rescue mission.”

Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the Minister of Information and Culture, who stated this in a statement issued in Abuja, assured that the government will not be deterred by such calls.

“We are on a rescue mission to resuscitate Nigeria after the PDP left it in a coma, and the noise from the same PDP seems designed to sabotage the rescue efforts. But we are not deterred.

“While the PDP was emasculating Nigeria on all fronts, including social, economic and political, the rapacious party was deceiving Nigerians by giving them the illusion of growth and prosperity.

“Instead of showing remorse and rebuilding itself to a strong opposition party, the PDP has continued to blame the successor Buhari administration which is left to pack their mess.

“PDP undertakers have continued to engage in a blame game, when they should be hiding from the shame they brought upon themselves and the nation,” he said. Mohammed said government could not stop talking about the past maladministration of the PDP because of its dire effects on the economy and the need to prevent reoccurrence.

“The candid truth is that we failed under the successive PDP administrations to save for the rainy day, and we need to constantly remind ourselves of that so that we won’t repeat the mistake,” he said.

The minister said that the government was still trying to recover huge sums looted from the national treasury under the PDP’s watch, with $15 billion stolen from the defence sector alone.

He noted that because of the way funds (about $322m) returned from Switzerland were mishandled government had to accept certain conditions before the stolen fund could be remitted.

Mohammed faulted the purported claim by the PDP that it reduced the nation’s national debt.

“At the time that we were earning such large revenues from oil, we only managed to double our external debt from $5.6 billion to $10.7 billion between 2011 and 2015.

“The case of domestic debt was even worse, almost tripling from N888 billion to N2.1 trillion in the same period.

“Even these figures mask the extent of unpaid obligations to contractors and the huge plethora of uncompleted projects on which money continued to be spent without visible results.

“Payments to contractors stopped several years ago while not a single dollar was contributed to the Joint Venture activities.

“Over N4.5 trillion was spent on fuel subsidy in just two years under the PDP,” he said.

The minister said that the government will continue to welcome constructive criticism from well meaning Nigerians.

Also speaking, the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in a statement on Thursday described as “ridiculous” and “silly”, calls by the PDP that President Buhari returns Nigeria to where he met it before assumption of power or resign honourably.

“PDP’s silly call for the resignation of President Muhammadu Buhari is not worth the ink it is written with. Hence the APC will not dissipate energy responding”, the party said.

In a statement issued Thursday in Abuja and signed by its national secretary, Mai Mala Buni, APC said it would not return Nigeria to the voodoo economics which was the hallmark of the PDP years.

“The attention of the All Progressives Congress (APC) is drawn to the latest ridiculous demand by a faction of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari returns the country to the voodoo economics and reckless fiscal policies the country was subjected to during the immediate-past PDP administration”.

“The PDP faction by its demand to return the country to the years where looting of the public treasury was the order of the day, has taken its orchestrated plot to deflect attention from the economic mess it left behind to new insensitive and shameless heights”, the statement reads.

APC said “instead of this charade by the PDP, we advise the PDP and their cronies to apologise to Nigerians and toe the path of honour by returning public funds stolen under its watch.

“While the PDP attempts to fraudulently re-write history and misrepresent facts on its misrule of the country, Nigerians are traumatised on a daily basis on disclosures of the startling level of pillage of the country’s commonwealth perpetuated under its watch.

“Instead of saving for the rainy day, past PDP administrations and their cronies literally looted the public treasury blind, using the loot to build luxury hotels and other properties, stashing loot in farmlands and hidden bank accounts.

“While the APC-led administration is open to and welcomes positive and constructive contributions on resolving the country’s economic challenges, the party assures Nigerians that the President Muhammadu Buhari administration is already employing all legitimate and innovative means to restore the country’s battered economy back to health in the quickest possible time.

“The results of the fiscal and economic agendas embarked by the President Buhari administration to tackle the effects of the country’s diminishing crude oil revenues, falling value of the naira and resuscitate the economy will be evident soon.”