President Muhammadu Buhari has blamed the past ruling political party in Nigeria, Peoples Democratic Party for doing nothing to combat the banditry that is currently causing mass destruction of lives and properties in the northern states of the country.
President Muhammadu Buhari in a statement yesterday through one of his spokespersons, Garba Shehu noted that people in the PDP who have nothing positive or new to add to the debate about the future of the nation seek to trivialize the President’s Lagos visit, adding, they choose to ignore the crucial launch of the naval vessels; suggesting, the primary reason the President went to Lagos was to attend a book launch.
“Should he listen to the PDP who feign concern for those affected by banditry when they did nothing to combat it for decades – not on land or at sea? Should our famously austere President not attend a book launch of his friend and fellow democratic opposition veteran when it coincided with a visit to Lagos to tend the affairs of state?
“They try to make further mileage by claiming the President should not have attended given the attack by bandits elsewhere in the country that same day.
“Without visionaries such as Bisi Akande, the corrupt PDP and its acolytes who have done so much to strip our nation of its wealth, stunt its growth, and subject it to derogation abroad would still be in office.
While in Lagos the President also graced the launch of an autobiography by Bisi Akande – a leader who played a crucial role in keeping democratic opposition to military rule alive, and later a critical place in the development and ultimate unity of that opposition to create today’s APC.
“Through their attacks, the PDP reveal their priorities. Of course, for decades, as the PDP enjoyed their decadent parties at others’ expense, the navy and the armed forces rotted through negligence.
“It is noted they have not criticised the President for boosting the country’s seaborne defence capacity.
“Instead, they only manage to make the attack personal. It reveals the chasm of difference between a president who cares for the country while managing to show courtesy to his comrades – and the opposition who corrupted the country through the sharing out of its wealth while celebrating and splashing about stolen public money.
“Sadly, these opportunistic opposition elements, in a desperate search for political points, have dragged respected religious leaders into the discussion, feeding them misleading information who have in turn used this distorted picture to blackpaint the President in the eyes of gullible and innocent members of the public”, the statement reads in part.
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