ABUJA – The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has criticized the inauguration of new cabinet Ministers by President Muhammadu Buhari and described the exercise “a poor parade of recycled foot-travelers, many of whom have failed Nigerians in governance assignments.”
Kola Ologbodiyan, the National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, said in a statement on Wednesday that President Muhammadu Buhari has demonstrated that he encourages corruption with the crop of people that made up the new cabinet.
“The party holds that in assembling a team made up of persons indicted for corruption and treasury looting, President Buhari has demonstrated that he has nothing to offer to the nation other than condoning and encouraging corruption as well as perpetuating incompetence, failure and ineffectiveness in governance,” PDP said.
PDP further said, “The PDP is however not surprised that the President had no clear-cut blueprint to rescue the nation from the economic, security and social quagmires which his administration had plunged our nation into in the last four years. Of course, Mr President has severally demonstrated a lack of required capacity to lead a nation as complex as Nigeria especially at this trying times.
“At a ceremony where Nigerians had expected the forceful articulation of a progressive policy thrust, Mr. President bored the nation with an empty and directionless script that only evoked more despondency in our nation.
“Instead of helping President Buhari to offer hope, his handlers were more interested on photo-ups and refreshments, away from serous business of governance.
“The PDP invites Nigerians to note President Buhari’s contemptible approach to governance and disregard to ministerial portfolios as portrayed in the recent degrading of ministers to clerical aides of Chief of Staff, Mallam Abba Kyari. Such demotion of ministers is completely unacceptable, counter-productive and reduces governance to a domestic affair.”
The PDP said it feels the “pains” of Nigerians “who by now would have been enjoying the benefits of the much-desired economic recovery blueprint” of its candidate in the last presidential election, Atiku Abubakar.
The party said the blueprint laid out proactive policies and plans for rapid interventions in critical sectors and address the “security, economic and social problems caused by the Buhari administration.”