Maiden media chat by President Muhammadu Buhari, Wednesday, has been greeted with mixed reactions. In its reaction, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP mocked the performance of the president, saying “he obviously does not understand the currency that applies in the devaluation of the naira”.
National Publicity Secretary of the party, Olisa Metuh, who issued a statement on behalf of the PDP, branded the president’s responses to questions at interactive parley as “not only embarrassing but also further exposing his undemocratic character as an unrepentant tyrant who has no regard for the rule of law and the self-worth of Nigerian citizens”.
He added that by his performance, the president had confirmed his partisanship in the much-vaunted war against corruption by openly absolving his ministers and party members of corrupt practices. “Whilst we restate our respect for the person and office of the President, we note that President Buhari bared his true colours to the world as an unrepentant tyrant.
“Today, the world is no longer in doubt as to who is behind the prevailing recklessness, abuse of rights of citizens and outright flouting of judicial pronouncements by security agencies,” Metuh’s statement read, adding: “A situation where the President openly pronounced persons facing trial guilty and sanctioned their continued incarceration despite being granted bail by the courts, presents a dangerous fascist practice obtainable only in totalitarian societies like Mussolini’s Italy, Hitler’s Germany, Idi Amin’s Uganda and General Than Shwe’s Burma.
“This extremely shocking dictatorial tendency being brazenly exhibited by the President in total disdain for our laws and judicial institutions portends great danger for our democracy and constitutionally-guaranteed rights of the people, and should be resisted by the citizens before it festers.
“The scorn for the principle of separation of powers, especially the independence of the legislature, is further manifested in the declared craving to regulate the funding and running of the National Assembly, a matter constitutionally vested outside the jurisdiction of the executive. We are most uncomfortable about his attempt at trying to whip up public sentiments against an independent arm of government, especially the one vested with the constitutional power of appropriation.
“Following from the foregoing, therefore, it may be necessary to suspend the application of our Constitution and allow the President to operate as maximum ruler for four years after which the nation can return to a democracy. “On the issue of the Chibok girls, President Buhari’s embarrassing declaration of seeking information on the whereabouts and state of the girls betrays an obvious insincerity which is in total conflict with his campaign promises in that regard. Thus by this declaration, our dear President has accepted failure on this issue and should therefore apologise to Nigerians for all the insults, abuse and aspersions cast on the past administration by himself and the leadership of his political party.
“On the issue of devaluation of the naira, there is an obvious conflict between the budget speech wherein the president stated that the government is assessing the foreign exchange rate with a view to attracting foreign investments and his categorical pronouncement during the media chat that the naira would not be devalued. We invite Nigerians to note that the president obviously does not understand the currency that applies in the devaluation of the naira (laugh out loud).
“Furthermore, Nigerians were shocked by the President’s labelling Nigerians as ‘very difficult lot’ while responding to questions on the strategy to be adopted in implementing his promised N5,000 social welfare package. “This unhealthy portrayal of the citizens by the very father of the nation, who has remained unrelenting in de-marketing his country through unguarded statements, is indeed a great disservice to Nigeria and its international image.
The statement called on Nigerians to take copious note of the fact that the President gave no inspiring answers to questions pertaining to his campaign promises, the fight against insurgency and rescue of the Chibok girls, the poor state of the naira, sudden plunging of the economy under his watch, and the gradual loss of democratic rights and freedom.
…You’re insensitive, Shiites tell PMB
Islamic Movement in Nigeria, otherwise known as Shiite group, yesterday tackled President Muhammadu Buhari over comments to wait for reports of the Kaduna State Governor, Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai before taking action on the Zaria massacre, saying the President is being insensitive.
The President, who broke his silence in a media chat, Wednesday, said he would only act based on findings of Governor Nasir El-Rufai.
The group in a statement signed by its President, Media Forum of IMN, Ibrahim Musa and made available to newsmen in Kaduna, urged the president not to wait for reports from the Governor and the Nigerian Army but to set up a presidential committee of inquiry to unravel the reasons behind the killing.
The group said it has no confidence in the reports of the state government and that if the President fails and relies on such report, they would not expect any justice from the government.
The group opened up on why it youths protested and blocked the road, saying the video clip in circulation was an aftermath of the killings of their colleagues and for whom the angry youths were protesting against the killings.
According to the statement, “It is now over two weeks since the Nigerian Army launched a coordinated attack on members of Islamic Movement in Nigeria, IMN, that killed hundreds but the Nigerian President, Buhari has been silent on the massacre until his yesterday’s Presidential media chat.
“The Nigerian President claimed they showed him a clip based on which he passed his judgement. Did he ask those who showed him that propaganda video why were those protesting youths angry? What happened to the Natural Laws of “Action and Reaction”? The protesting youths were angry because the Nigerian Army killed their friends & brothers. They killed them as if they were flies. That video clip was after the first round of killing by the Nigerian Army.