The People’s Democratic Party, PDP, has called on Nigerians to please
pray for the president saying it has become necessary given the fact that
the administration is finding it difficult to locate its bearing not to think
of taking off and facing the challenges of governance.
PDP made the statement today through its National Publicity Secretary,
Chief Olisa Metuh. Find it after the cut.
“We urge Nigerians to join hands in prayers and offer useful suggestions
to President Muhammadu Buhari and the APC because with what we
have seen in the last 30 days, the present administration is finding it very
difficult to get its bearings right while showing no inclination towards
implementing its numerous campaign promises for which they were
voted into office at the center.
“We are deeply worried that the President who promised to unveil his
cabinet two weeks after his inauguration, has not been able to decide on
key appointments such as ministers, Secretary to the Government of the
Federation (SGF), a Chief of Staff and advisers in key sectors of the
“This is more so as the delay has brought government business in
ministries, departments and agencies to a dangerous standstill with
coordination of important policies vested on ministers and the SGF now
in tatters while the system drifts. This situation also creates loopholes
through which overzealous persons around that President can connive
with unscrupulous elements in the bureaucracy to syphon public
resources in addition to possibly misleading the President to violate due
process by spending beyond and outside his statutory limits.
“The situation is taking its toll on the economy sector, which has in the
30 days witnessed unprecedented decline with a terrifying crippling of
foreign and domestic investments including activities in the money and
capital market sectors. Under President Buhari, the stock market has
lost over N238 billion while the All-Share Index fell by 849.87 basis
points as at June 19.
“In security, apart from the directive to relocate the counter terrorism
command center to Borno state and seeking assistance from foreigners,
no other concrete step has been taken in the fight against insurgency
which the President in his April 22, 2015 CNN interview promised to end
within his two months in office.
“Instead, the anti-terrorism effort has completely lost steam in the last
30 days, with insurgents, who had already been pushed to the verge of
surrender in the Sambisa forest by the Goodluck Jonathan
administration, now surging back and spreading into the country.
“In this regard, we urge the President to confront insurgency and issues
of national security with all the vigour they deserve while calling for
restrain from actions capable of destroying the fabrics of security
intelligence. We also urge for adequate respect for all organs of internal
security such as the Directorate of State Security (DSS), which is
answerable to the Nigerian state and as such should not be publicly
ridiculed by an aide of the President.
“In the same vein, we are disturbed by the ominous signals emanating
from the atrocious attempt by the APC to undermine and appropriate the
federal legislature resulting in the disruption of lawful proceedings and
forced closure of the National Assembly, the symbol of our collective
national identity as a democratic state. In this direction, we urge the
Presidency and the APC to imbibe democratic tenets and respect the
independence of that arm of government.
“Finally, while we remind the President and the APC that their campaign
promises are bonds which must be fulfilled, we urge him to use the next
ten days to set up his government by naming his ministers, the SGF and
advisers in critical sectors as Nigerians did not vote for a sole
administrator but for a democratic government”.
Chief Olisa Metuh
National Publicity Secretary