The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Ogun State has observed the Federal Government is losing grip on governance, stressing that Nigeria is passing through her worst moment under President Muhammadu Buhari, who it accused of concerning himself with unimportant matters at the expense of priorities.
Ogun PDP stated this in a statement signed on Friday by its Publicity Secretary in the state, Mr. Malik Olamilekan Ibitoye against the backdrop of the daily bombing of oil facilities in the Niger Delta by the militants in the area, particularly the Niger Delta Avengers.
While condemning Buhari’s “lack lustre” approach to national issues, it lamented that the whole incident confirms the saying that Nero sleeps while Rome burns, which it explained comes from a story about the Roman emperor Nero, who played violin, while his kingdom was going up in flames.
“Our belief is that the Federal Government now occupies itself with unimportant matters and neglect priorities during this emergency period.
“To say that Nigeria is going through her worst moment is to say the least, and the lack lustre approach of President Muhammadu Buhari to issues is condemnable.
“The bombings of the facilities of Chevron Oil, Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mobil Oil and the latest bombings in Bayelsa State amongst others are appalling, disgusting, unprecedented and should be condemned by all right thinking members of the public,” the statement read.
Malik added that a government that claimed to have defeated the hydra-headed monster called the Boko Haram in the northern part of the country should not find it difficult to crush the Niger Delta Avengers to prevent anarchy and break down of law and order in that part of the country.
He stressed that the bombings are capable of further plunging the nation into serious economic crisis at this time that the price of crude oil has fallen to all time low in the international market, adding that the All Progressives Congress, APC, is trivialising serious issues that are confronting the nation.
“It is now clear that the Nigerian government should go back to the report of the National Constitutional Conference organised by former president Goodluck Jonathan as this addresses various issues affecting the country.
“We cannot fold our arms when issues that are threatening the very existence of Nigeria is playing out daily and we wonder why Buhari has failed to make hays, while the sun shines.
“Some of the happenings in the country are rubbishing what the PDP achieved for Nigeria from 1999 to 2015 and we must all join hands to put a stop to this mess if we are serious about nation building,” he said.
The opposition party added in the statement that the military must rise to the occasion and battle the Niger Delta militants headlong, and advised Buhari to call an emergency security meetings amongst stakeholders in the sector so that normacly can return to the country.
Malik said further in the statement that security should be given all the attention it deserves and that the Nigerian populace did not bargain for what they are experiencing in the hands of Buhari and his co-travelers in the corridor of power.
“We are not deceived by the antics of this government. They are using delay tactics everyday and blaming the past government for their shortcomings and inadequacies after spending one year in office.
“What Buhari should do now is to seek advice as we cannot afford another one year of wastage, when we should rise to the occasion to move the nation forward,” the party stated.