The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Thursday said that President Muhammadu Buhari and the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) are out to punish Nigerians over directive to the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN not approve foreign exchange for food importation.
The party said that the recent directive is not only ill-timed, but completely against the wellbeing of Nigerians.
The PDP, in a statement by its national publicity secretary, Mr. 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.
Part of the statement read: “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.”
PDP added that by the directive, the Buhari Presidency and the 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 party said that Nigerians do not, in any way, deserve such suffering being foisted on them by such directive on food.
It said: “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 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.
The PDP urged 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.
It said 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.
“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,” it added.
The party, however, charged the President to immediately rescind his directive before it inflicts more damage on the polity.