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Published On: Fri, Aug 16th, 2019

PDP urges Buhari to rescind directive on food importation

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…Says policy is anti-people, ill-timed

By Lateef Ibrahim, Abuja

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said that President Muhammadu Buhari’s directive to ban food importation in the country will worsen food scarcity, exacerbate the already harsh economic situation and the general depression, frustration, resentment and despair in our country.The PDP said this in a statement yesterday by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan in Abuja.The leading opposition party specifically described the presidential directive as mean, ill-timed and completely against the wellbeing of Nigerians. The party therefore charged President Buhari to immediately rescind his directive before it inflicts more damage on the polity.The party pointed out that by the directive, the presidency and the All Progressives Congress (APC) have again demonstrated their insensitivity towards millions of Nigerians who are already suffering acute hunger and starvation due to severe food shortage and high prices.
The PDP stressed further that 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.The party maintained that it is manifestly clear that the present administration had failed on all fronts to achieve any level of food security despite the huge resources available to it.
According to the party, “ by the directive, the Buhari Presidency and the All Progressives Congress (APC) have again 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.”The PDP states strongly that Nigerians do not, in any way, 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.
“Instead of removing subsidy on food and putting more suffering on Nigerians, the PDP urges 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 urges President Buhari to recover the over N14 trillion 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 states that it is a complete disservice to Nigerians for the government to place restrictive directives on food for the masses, while interests condoned by the same administration are frittering our common patrimony.
“The PDP wants to believe that while Mr. President enjoys the comfort, luxury, sufficiency and safety of the government house, he is barely aware of the sufferings of Nigerians.
“Our party therefore charges President Buhari to immediately rescind his directive before it inflicts more damage on the polity”, it said.

 

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