The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has accused President Muhammadu Buhari of plot to punish Nigerians through his recent policy directive to withdraw foreign exchange on food importaion.
PDP said the directive to the Central Bank of Nigeria(CBN) was “mean, ill-timed and completely against the wellbeing of Nigerians.”
The party’s spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan in a statement in Abuja said the presidential directive would “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.
It said it was appalling that instead of bringing solutions to the depreciating living conditions in the country, the President was rather imposing more suffering by ordering the removal of subsidy on food even when it was manifestly clear that he had failed on all fronts to achieve any level of food security despite the huge resources available to his administration.
“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 party said.
“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, ” the statement added.
The PDP said it was a complete disservice to Nigerians for the government to place restrictive directives on food for the masses, while interests condoned by the same administration were frittering the people’s 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.”