The Peoples Democratic Party has said after an evaluation of the first 30 days of President Muhammadu Buhari and All Progressives Congress’ administration, it has come to the conclusion that Nigerians need to join hands in prayers to save the government from further inaction and dithering.
President Buhari was sworn-in to office on May 29, 2015.
The PDP said the call for prayers has become necessary given the fact that the Buhari administration is finding it difficult to locate its bearing and even take off and face the challenges of governance at the center.
The opposition party described the last 30 days when Buhari took over as “30 days of all motion and no movement”.
The party said the present situation does not augur well for the polity.
PDP National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Olisa Metuh, in a statement in Abuja on Sunday, said the enormity of the confusion surrounding the government and party in the last one month makes it imperative for Nigerians to pray as the success or failure of the Buhari administration will not only affect the President and his party but also the entire nation.
His statement said, “We urge Nigerians to join hands in prayers and offer useful suggestions to President Buhari and the APC because with what we have seen in the last 30 days, the present administration is finding it very difficult to get its bearings right while showing no inclination towards implementing its numerous campaign promises for which they were voted into office at the center.
“We are deeply worried that the President who promised to unveil his cabinet two weeks after his inauguration, has not been able to decide on key appointments such as ministers, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, a Chief of Staff and advisers in key sectors of the economy.
“This is more so as the delay has brought government business in ministries, departments and agencies to a dangerous standstill with coordination of important policies vested on ministers and the SGF now in tatters while the system drifts.
“This situation also creates loopholes through which overzealous persons around the President can connive with unscrupulous elements in the bureaucracy to siphon public resources in addition to possibly misleading the President to violate due process by spending beyond and outside his statutory limits”.
Metuh added that the economy was already taking a hit due to the action and inaction of the President.
Already, he said that the stock market has lost over N238 billion while the All-Share Index fell by 849.87 basis points as of June 19.
According to him, “The situation is taking its toll on the economy sector, which has in the 30 days witnessed unprecedented decline with a terrifying crippling of foreign and domestic investments including activities in the money and capital market sectors.
“Under President Buhari, the stock market has lost over N238 billion while the All-Share Index fell by 849.87 basis points as of June 19.
“In security, apart from the directive to relocate the counter terrorism command center to Borno State and seeking assistance from foreigners, no other concrete step has been taken in the fight against insurgency which the President, in his April 22, 2015 CNN interview, promised to end within his two months in office.
“Instead, the anti-terrorism effort has completely lost steam in the last 30 days, with insurgents, who had already been pushed to the verge of surrender in the Sambisa forest by the Goodluck Jonathan administration, now surging back and spreading into the country”.
In this regard, the PDP spokesman called on President Buhari to confront insurgency and issues of national security with all the vigour they deserve while calling for restrain from actions capable of destroying the fabrics of security intelligence.
He also called for adequate respect for all organs of internal security such as the Directorate of State Security, which, he said, is answerable to the Nigerian state and as such should not be publicly ridiculed by an aide of the President.
Metuh also said his party was worried about recent happenings at the National Assembly and urged the governing APC not to undermine that arm of government.