The People’s Democratic Party, PDP, has described President Muhammadu Buhari’s joke over the Acting Inspector General’s weight loss as insensitive and heartbreaking coming at time when insecurity was at its peak.
The party also called the president out over his comments that anger and disenchantment among the youth was responsible for the escalation of criminal activities in the country.
The PDP said Buhari’s comments were an admission of his failure to provide the necessary and needed leadership for Nigerians.
In a statement issued on Tuesday by its spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan, the party said: “This self-confession by Mr. President is equally an admission that he has no solutions, and points to the ugly situation that would continue to confront the nation, if the stolen presidential mandate is not retrieved in the courts.
“Is it not appalling that at a time when other world leaders are leading their youths to constructive and productive ventures and developing their nations, Nigerian youths are being pushed into situations of anger, frustration and recourse to criminality?
“Under President Buhari, our national economy has continued to slide; over 30 million Nigerians have lost their jobs and basic means of livelihood; businesses have continued to shut down; cost of essential goods and services have persistently soared, while purchasing power of citizens worsens.
“It is more disheartening that instead of finding solutions, Mr. President resorted to rhetoric and begging the question to the extent of describing criminality as a new occupation and a business.
“It is most heartbreaking that at the time President Buhari was making a joke on the security situation, bandits were having a field day in communities in Zamfara State where they reportedly killed over 50 Nigerians, while many more compatriots are still held hostage by kidnappers in forests in various parts of our country.
“Such attitude to governance, especially on issues that have to do with the lives of Nigerians, is completely unacceptable and must be condemned by all.”