The presidency has faulted the governors of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) over their latest statement issued on the state of the nation.
Speaking on Wednesday, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu said the content of the PDP communique is a spectacular demonstration to Nigerians as to why the opposition party and its representatives should not be entrusted with the national leadership of the country at any time soon.
The presidency accused the opposition governors of profligacy and contradiction in its call to the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to appreciate the value of the Naira, saying that the position of the governors would damage exports – including oil revenues on which NNPC depends as well as damage small businesses and employment.
The PDP Governors Forum had earlier Monday, bemoaned the excessive borrowings of the Muhammadu Buhari-led government and warned it against pushing the country into bankruptcy owing to its excessive borrowings.
The governors had at the meeting held in Uyo, Akwa Ibom state took a swipe at the operations of both the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).
They raised an alarm over what they termed the ‘OPAQUE’ manner in which the NNPC carries out its operations.
But commenting on the matter, Shehu said the governors failed to proffer real solutions but more interested in what comes to them.
He faulted them for refusing to support the initiative to end herders crisis in the country and thereby save livestocks and lives.
“When the governors claim a lack of federal institutions’ money pouring into their States’ coffers is an affront to democracy, constitutionalism, and federalism, they fail to mention the ugliest trend against the integrity of Nigeria comes by own hands with their refusal to support the Federal Government’s earnest desire to reinstate the local government as the third tier and finding a lasting solution to farmer-herder conflicts costing the nation lives and livestock.
“This initiative brings rights and support for generations of all ages to bring solutions to challenges that different communities of our country have faced but the PDP governors reject it – denying all Nigerians their constitutional right to live and work in any state of the Federation – preferring to appeal to ethnic division and hatred rather than support the first practical solution offered since independence, “ the president’s media aide stressed.