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UN Outing: PDP Decries ‘Incompetence Of Buhari’s Handlers’

Posted: Sep 28, 2015 at 9:32 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Rotimi Akinwumi, Abuja

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)  on Monday, September 28, 2015, said Nigeria’s diplomatic team and the handlers of President Muhammadu Buhari should be held responsible for the national embarrassment occasioned by absence of the President or his representative(s) from a ‘high powered’ meeting of the United Nations on Boko Haram and Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) on Saturday in New York.

The party made its position on this known Monday through its National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, at a press conference on the state of the nation tagged: “The Decline Of Democratic Ideals”.

Metuh called to question the competence of Buhari’si Aides/political handlers over the issue which he said should never have happened.

The issue, he said, was a continuation of slide in democratic norm under the APC administration.

“There have been some disturbing political trends in the country since the emergence of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led All Progressives Congress (APC) administration at the centre which, if unchecked portend high risk for our hard earned democracy.

“In the last 120 days under the APC, some elements in the euphoria of their unexpected victory are now moving our dear nation from democracy to autocracy and attempting to impose a sole administratorship in all spheres of the polity, with its attendant consequences and embarrassments to the President and our national image.

“The recent case of the absence of Nigeria at one of the key listed meetings at the 70th United Nations General Assembly in New York, where the issue of humanitarian crisis arising from the insurgency in Lake Chad countries including our country was the main agenda, further asserts the ineptitude of the handlers of the President on national and international issues.

“Whilst we reserve our comments on the numerous gaffes by the Nigerian delegation at the 70th United Nations General Assembly Meeting, we decry the huge embarrassment caused by the delegation’s dereliction of duty, profusely manifested in the snubbing of a crucial meeting where countries affected by Boko Haram insurgency sought international assistance for millions displaced by the scourge.

“Whereas, other affected Chad basin countries were fully represented and had fruitful discussions with officials of the world body, the government of Nigeria, which has the biggest challenge of displaced persons, was nowhere to be found,” Metuh lamented.

He observed that it was pathetic and shocking, the revelation of “insincerity and ineptitude” of those around the President by disconcerting excuse by aides of the President in trying to explain away the serious diplomatic blunder.

He added what the elements around the President were exhibiting are hazardous signs such as executive arrogance, flagrant abuse of power, constitutional violations, assault on democratic institutions, compromising of judicial processes, invasion of state government and personal houses, harassment of citizens and the deliberate suffocation of the middle class.

Metuh also berated the President’s reluctance in making the list of his ministers public despite announcing to the world on a TV programme in France that he would do so before the end of September, saying it is an indication of the President’s desire to run a government of sole administration without minister who he (Buhari) has already written off as ‘noise makers’.