ABUJA – The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday said that President Muhammadu Buhari and All Progressives Congress (APC) were out to punish Nigerians over the directive stop allocation to foreign exchange to food importation.
The party said that the directive was not only ill-timed, but was also completely against the wellbeing of Nigerians.
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The PDP, in a statement by its spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan, said that, “This directive will worsen food scarcity, exacerbate the already harsh economic situation and the general depression, frustration, resentment and despair in our country under President Buhari’s watch.
“It is indeed appalling that instead of bringing solutions to the depreciating living conditions in our nation, President Buhari is rather imposing more suffering by ordering the removal of subsidy on food even when it is manifestly clear that he had failed on all fronts to achieve any level of food security despite the huge resources available to his administration.”
The party added that by the directive, the Buhari Presidency and the APC have demonstrated their insensitivity towards millions of Nigerians, who are already suffering acute hunger and starvation due to “severe food shortage and high prices brought by President Buhari’s misrule.”
PDP pointed out that Nigerians do not deserve such suffering being foisted on them by such directive on food.
“Such situation will only breed further despondency among our citizens, heighten our security challenges and put more pressure on compatriots, many of who, in the face of suffering occasioned by APC misrule, are resorting to suicide and slavery mission as options,” it said.
Instead of removing subsidy on food and putting more suffering on Nigerians, the PDP urged President Buhari to cut the billions of naira being wasted on luxuries in his Presidency and free the funds for the welfare of the masses.
Furthermore, the PDP urged President Buhari to recover the over N14 trillion allegedly siphoned by APC interests under his administration, including the stolen N9 trillion detailed in the leaked NNPC memo and channel the resources towards food security for Nigerians.
The PDP stated that it was a disservice to Nigerians for the government to place restrictive directives on food for the masses, while “interests condoned by the same administration were frittering our common patrimony.”
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