Onyekachi Eze, Abuja
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said the Financial Times editorial on the sorry state of affairs in Nigeria under President Muhammadu Buhari was a confirmation that the country is on “autopilot”.
PDP, in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, however, accused the presidency of arrogance and of trivialising the situation.
“Indeed, the editorial by Financial Times is only stating the obvious, as our nation under President Buhari has presented all the trappings of a failed state including having a rudderless government with a dysfunctional command structure that cannot guarantee security, manage our economy or even perform very simple tasks of governance,” the party noted.
PDP added that the editorial has vindicated its position that nobody was in charge in Nigeria, regretting that the presidency preferred to rebuff wise counsel instead of seeking help for the sake of millions of traumatised Nigerians.
“Our great nation now tends towards a leaderless society where terrorists, bandits, kidnappers, marauders and vandals have taken the lead, running riotous across our land while those who promised to protect lives and property have gone into hiding in Aso Presidential Villa.
“Under President Buhari life is fast tilting towards Hobbesian state of nature; driven by the combined negatives of an incompetent and unconcerned presidency and a reckless, kleptomaniac and dysfunctional ruling party that is more interested in power-grabbing instead of governance,” PDP stated.
The party noted that President Buhari has badly failed in governance to the extent that over 600 students could be kidnapped by bandits in his home state, Katsina, a few hours after his security machinery took over the state, where he had gone to holiday.
“Under Buhari’s watch, our command structure has become extremely weak that government officials now patronise bandits and rationalise acts of terrorism to the extent of blaming victims for not obtaining permission before living their normal lives as was the case in the 43 farmers beheaded by terrorists in Borno state.
“Under this failed administration, outlaws who had been pushed to the fringes by previous administration have resurged and taken control of some parts of our nation where they reportedly have to give their consent to residents before they can conduct weddings, naming ceremonies or operate their markets.
“It now takes presidents of neighboring countries like Chadian President Idris Derby to personally lead his troops into our territories to rout out insurgents and free Nigerian communities and our soldiers held captive by terrorists,” the statement noted.
PDP accused Buhari of wrecking Nigeria’s once robust economy, destroyed the value of naira and turned the nation into world poverty capital, where life has become so unbearable that Nigerians now resort to suicide and slavery mission abroad as options.