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Salary Cut: Stop Deceiving Nigerians With Cosmetic Gestures, PDP Tells Buhari

Posted: Jul 14, 2015 at 7:09 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Tuesday, July 14, 2015 described the symbolic gesture of annual  salary cutting by 50 per cent by President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo as cosmetic.

The party, in a statement  by its National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, accused the President and his Vice of deceiving Nigerians, as the gesture does not address the burning issues of unemployment, worsening insecurity in the country and the declining economy.

The party said Nigerians are wiser and cannot be deceived by the President and his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Metuh said that Nigerians cannot be fooled by such gestures.

The PDP insisted that the salary package  is a mere drop in the ocean compared to personal allowances and privileges that come to the President.

“While we appreciate the symbolic gesture by Mr. President in ‘cutting’ his N14 million annual basic salary by 50 per cent, it should be noted that Nigerians would not be wavered by the N7 million annual donation and rejection of official cars, and forget their expectations for the implementation of his long list of campaign promises for which he was elected into office,” the statement said.

According to the PDP, Nigerians cannot be deluded by impressions aimed to make government appear to be on course when it has only been a case of “all motion, no movement, spiced with unnecessary excuses.”

Though the party agreed that one month is too short a time to assess any government, it noted that “when this administration and your party started rolling out premature scorecards of imaginary achievements, it became necessary for us and indeed most Nigerians to x-ray them.?”

Metuh stated that Nigerians have not been thrilled by such orchestrations as “other leaders who at one time or the other adopted similar stance did not dither or become laidback, but hit the ground running with governance.

“Instead of engaging in pointless propaganda, the APC and the Presidency should be more concerned about the decline in the economy with the continued fall in the value of the naira, which has descended from under N200 to the dollar they inherited in May to all-time low of N238 even in the face of the President’s promise to bring it to same value with the U.S. dollar.”

The party added that what the citizens want is a government that is urgent in living up to its billing and campaign promises, and told Buhari that the people would judge him by the extent to which he addressed critical issues of governance.

“The issue is about the President facing the challenges of governance and assembling his team of experts and capable hands to manage the economy, which has been on the decline since he assumed office. It is also about allowing the different arms of government, especially the National Assembly, to work smoothly and encourage conducive democratic environment where the rule of law, personal freedom and security of lives and property are guaranteed.

“Perhaps, we may need to draw Mr. President’s attention to the growing concern that under his watch democratic institutions are no longer free.

“While activities of the National Assembly have been disrupted, the nation’s electoral body has lost its independence due to the appointment of an Acting Chairman that is publicly known to have very strong relationship with your good self and key members of your party. We have also seen flagrant disregard of court orders,” the PDP spokesman said.