The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has described empty and unacceptable President Muhammadu Buhari’s address to Nigerians on Sunday, March 29.
News Nigeria understands that President Buhari on Sunday addressed Nigerians on a live broadcast as regards the current COVID-19 pandemic.
PDP, however, has berated the speech of the President, alleging that does not meet the demands of Nigerians as it could address necessities.
According to a statement the PDP’s spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan, Buhari’s speech has no new solution as it only pointed at what citizens have already done from their personal fear of the COVID-19 disease, which is social distancing and isolation, as earlier advised by the World Health Organization (WHO).
Kola also noted that the president could not provide necessary measures on states where he had ordered a lockdown.
He said: “It is unfortunate that Mr. President failed to respond to demands on hope for medications, direct social palliatives, cut in taxes as well as reduction in the pump price of fuel even with the cut in the price of petroleum and crude oil in the international market.”
“Our party notes as saddening that even in areas where Mr. President announced an ambitious intervention, such remained largely cosmetic as there are no clear palliative content but moratoriums on loans with no clear data for implementation.”
“Mr. President is reminded that already, COVID-19 had affected the performance of those loans. Granting them moratoriums is therefore of no consequence to the capital and interest on them.
“It is rather unfortunate that Nigerians had to wait this long for an address that came out empty and failed to respond to anxieties.
“Moreover, Nigerians expected Mr. President to articulate an across-the-board and far-reaching strategy that would have captured the need of each state of the federation as they were today, instead of a parochial approach to a national anxiety.”
“President Buhari should therefore go back, listen to the nation, retool his policy framework and implementation strategy to properly address the fears as well as the needs of Nigerians, including health safety measures and the real remedies that meet the anxieties of our nation at this critical time.”