The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has slammed President Muhammadu Buhari for saying he has fulfilled all his promises made to Nigerians.
Recall that in a statement signed by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, on Tuesday, January 10, 2023, Buhari said he had fulfilled his promises to Nigerians, especially on the menace of Boko Haram in the North-East.
The statement read, “President Muhammadu Buhari says nobody can blackmail him on inexplicable wealth and illicit enrichment while in office, saying ‘’I do not have one square-inch outside Nigeria.’
“Speaking at a State banquet, Monday night, organised in his honour in Damaturu, the Yobe State capital, the President restated his vow to serve God and Nigeria until his last day in office and beyond.
“He advised Nigerians to remain patriotic, saying ‘as I said more than 30 years ago, we have no other country than Nigeria, we must all stay here and salvage it together.’
“Noting that the most critical security challenge inherited by the administration nearly eight years ago was the potent and pervasive threat of terrorism, the President expressed delight that normalcy has returned to affected States in North-East Nigeria.
“He recounted that the threat was particularly pervasive across the North-East geopolitical zone with Yobe State as one of the most hit by the terrorists.
“He, therefore, declared that he has fulfilled the commitment made to Nigerians in his May 29, 2015 inaugural address to frontally and courageously tackle Boko Haram terrorists and stabilize the country.
“‘In the North-East, God has helped us to clear Boko Haram, the economy has picked up and some people are asking me about the achievements of my promise to fight corruption.
‘‘Well, under this system fighting corruption is not easy. When I was in the military, as Head of State, I locked up some people because the Constitution says you must declare your assets and people who couldn’t explain the differences in their assets, I locked them up.
“In the end, I was also locked up. So, if you want to serve this country you must be prepared for the worst. But one thing that I am grateful to God for is that nobody can blackmail me. I do not have one-square inch outside Nigeria and I intend to stay in Nigeria when I retire from public office.’
“Reflecting on his journey to the presidency and re-election, the President said:
“Between 2003 and 2019, I visited all the local government areas in this country. In 2019 when I attempted a re-election, I visited every state and the number of people that came out to see who this Buhari is and was is more than what anybody can pay or force.
“‘So, I thank God that Nigerians understood me and I made a promise that I will serve God and Nigerians,” the statement partly reads.
But reacting to the president’s claim, PDP National Publicity Secretary, Debo Ologunagba sniffed that Buhari had succeeded in fulfilling his promise to take the country “ from top to bottom”.
In his words, the President had promoted “poverty as an act of governance”, saying Nigerians were worse off under the All Progressives Congress ( APC) led Federal Government.
He said: “Probably he is correct to the extent that he said he will bring Nigeria from top to bottom; he succeeded in bringing Nigeria from top to bottom. He succeeded in bringing disunity, he succeeded in bringing and promoting tribalism and religious jingoism in Nigeria.
“He succeeded in making sure that there is mutual suspicion among all the cohesive units of Nigeria before he came in. If that is his own brand of achievement, yes indeed he has succeeded. But Nigerians will record him as one of the worst presidents ever.”
The opposition spokesman added that “Nigerians are happy that elections are coming. And we can’t wait for him to go. We tell him thanks but no thanks.
“ But he knows in his heart of heart that even if he is being told that he has done well, he knows that he has not done well. He has brought in misery to Nigeria. Where he met a bag of rice at N7, 500, he left it N50, 000. He met the price of petrol at N87 ( per litre), he is leaving it at between N400 and N500 per litre. He left Nigerians more divided. Where if you need to travel by road, by air and rail you need to do a special prayer. Nigerians will remember him for that. History will judge him as appropriate.”