The Democratic Peoples Congress (DPC), Friday, said President Muhammadu Buhari’s first year in office has been hallmarked by failed policies and economic stagnation.
Speaking in a statement signed by its National Chairman, Rev. Olusegun Peters, and made available to the media, DPC stated that Buhari’s governance style has become a source of worry, rather than hope, to Nigerians.
“As President Muhammadu Buhari marks his one year in office on 29th May 2016”, DPC said, “Nigerians are worried of his slow motion style of governance that has paralyzed socio-economic and political activities in the country. His indecision and inaction in tackling crucial national issues are a giant step backward in our collective quest at building a strong, virile, prosperous democratic nation”.
“It is time for action. It is to take governance serious. It is time to fulfill campaign promises and implement programmes that will alleviate the sufferings of the masses who voted him to power. It is time to stop the blame-game and provide solution to the myriad of problems facing the nation.
“Leadership is not a tea party, it is a deep and heavy responsibility that will raise the people’s standards of living in tandem with section 14(2)b of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 as amended, which states that the security and welfare of the people shall be the primary purpose of government.
“In view of this, DPC strongly condemns the increase in fuel price from N86.50 to N145.00. It is unfair and unjust for the Federal Government to arbitrarily increase fuel price without corresponding palliative measures that will alleviate its hardship on the masses.
“The party objects to this government insensitivity to the plights of the common man and demand immediate measures to cushion the adverse effect of this economic terrorism. Ever since fuel price was increased, prices of foodstuffs, transportation, accommodation and essential commodities have skyrocket.
“To worsen the plights of the populace, the Central Bank of Nigeria also formally devalued the naira which now exchange for over N350.00 for a United States dollar at parallel market. Obviously, this is not the change Nigerians voted for on 28th March, 2015 that brought President Buhari to power. This conspiracy against the longsuffering citizenry must stop immediately.
“DPC urges President Buhari’s government to set aside white elephant projects for now, and take action on agriculture, power, housing and transportation that affect the wellbeing of the masses. Government should be compassionate and sensitive to the plights of its people and provide dividends of democracy to address them”, the statement read in part.
The party however commended the president for his efforts on security of the country and pushing back Boko Haram.
“The government is winning the war against Boko-Haram insurgency. We salute our gallant soldiers and urge them to flush out the remaining insurgents in Sambisa forest. Accordingly, security agents should also take similar action on the rampaging Fulani herdsmen who have killed thousands of innocent Nigerians across the country. It is time to end this man’s inhumanity against man”, is said.