The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has accused the All Progressives Government regime of President Muhammadu Buhari of inflicting the gloomiest festive seasons on Nigerians in recent history.
The further added that the administration remains insensitive and unresponsive to the groaning of Nigerians, as a result of the apparent lack of competent hands in the management of the economy.
In a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh, the PDP said, “rather than evolving economic initiatives to improve the lot of the citizens, this administration has, in the last seven months churned out policies that stifle productivity in the formal and informal sectors, thereby inflicting hardship on them. This has resulted in the semi-destruction of the long-standing extended family system in our society.
“It is a statement of fact that under President Buhari’s watch, the nation has witnessed the gloomiest festive season. Under this government, Nigerians have had the worst Sallah celebration and by all indications, this Christmas season is going to be the bleakest ever.
“More worrisome is the fact that there is no indication that the government has any plan for ameliorating the hardship of the people. Instead, the situation may get worse as this administration, in its lack of economic initiatives, is now rolling up its sleeves to introduce some stringent tax policies, in addition to completely removing the social palliatives Nigerians benefit from.”
According to Metuh, the persisting fuel queues across the country, has shown that the APC was ill-prepared for governance, urging it to come clean on the true situation of things rather than to claim the situation was under control.
“Is it market driven or a product of government conspiracy? Our take is that if indeed it is true that the government has a hand in this fuel crisis, then they should have a rethink and show pity on innocent Nigerians.
“We therefore align with the people in declaring that this administration is unprepared for governance. President Buhari and his party came to power on propaganda, deceit and falsehood and the government has now shown lack of initiatives and the required competence to successfully move the nation forward,” it stated.
The party also stated: “We advise the government to note that any attempt to increase taxes and duties will overstretch the lean income of ordinary Nigerians and gradually inflict intolerable poverty in the land.”