The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has condemned President Muhammadu Buhari’s position that Nigerians caught up in their attempt to illegally enter Europe, are on their own. The president made the remark while hosting German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, at the […]
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has condemned President Muhammadu Buhari’s position that Nigerians caught up in their attempt to illegally enter Europe, are on their own.
The president made the remark while hosting German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Friday.
But in a statement issued by Kola Ologbondiyan, its National Publicity Secretary, in Abuja on Saturday, the main opposition party maintained that the statement furtherexposes the president as “an insensitive leader, who cares less about the plights of his compatriots.”
It said while the PDP does not, in any way, support illegal migrations, it, however, holds that such does not warrant incendiary statement against Nigerian citizens by no less a person than the President, who should be seekingfor ways to solve the problem.
The PDP noted that such statements by the President against Nigerians fuel violent attacks and inhuman treatment being meted out against thecitizens abroad, including those with legitimate documents and engaged in lawful activities.
The party observed that President Buhari has shown that he is not bothered that no fewer than 10,000 Nigerians died in the deserts between Januaryto May 2017 alone, while trying to escape the economic hardship and escalated insecurity occasioned by his misrule.
The statement added: “Is it not disturbing to Mr President that reports by Nigerian Immigration Services showed that many more Nigerians have been trappedin detention and slave camps in various parts of the world?
“Also, is it not an act of gross leadership failure that, in his outburst against Nigerians, President Buhari admitted that they left in search of ‘greener pastures,’ yet he could not articulate any solution to mitigatethe suffering his administration has unleashed on our nation in the last three years?
“Mr President knows he is the cause of the problem, yet he has no words of assurances for suffering Nigerians. Instead, he has continued toworsen the situation with unsavory statements against our nation and hercitizens whenever he is before an international audience.
“If President Buhari is not condemning our youths as lazy and lovers of freebies, he is disparaging our women as inconsequential or demarketingour nation to investors as corrupt.”
The PDP further stated that it is the duty of the President, as elected leader of government, to pursue the fundamental human rights of hiscitizens, as well as find solution to the problems that are pushingNigerians to adopt illegal migration, irrespective of the huge risks, asoption for survival.
“Moreover, if the Buhari administration and the APC had not wrecked our once robust economy, Nigerians would not be seeking for greener pasturesin other lands,” the party stated.
The PDP further lamented that in “another exhibition of incompetence, President Buhari could not articulate any strong response to theeconomic proposals brought by the German leader, thereby squandering ournations opportunity of benefiting from her visit.
“It has therefore become clearer that there is no way our nation can survive another four years under a leadership such as the Buhari-led APC administration, hence the determination by Nigerians to rally on theplatform of the repositioned PDP to throw up a competent President toeffectively pilot the affairs of our nation, come 2019.”