…Calls on Trump to review invitation to Buhari
Following the release of the US Department of State report on corruption and human rights abuses in Nigeria, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, yesterday challenged President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress, APC, to quickly respond to the damning report by the United States government.
Reacting to the report, which is posted on the website of the US Department of State, PDP said through its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan that the report has further exposed the festering corruption, impunity, gross violation of rights and killings under the watch of the Buhari Presidency.
The party also called on President Donald Trump to review his invitation to President Buhari until all the issues raised in the report are addressed.
According to the PDP, “this report by the US Department of State further vindicates our stand that the Buhari-led APC government is overtly and inherently corrupt, vengeful and has been engaging in smear campaign against the opposition to divert public attention from its atrocities.
“The US report directly indicted the APC-led Federal Government of official corruption, secretiveness, high-handedness, restriction of personal freedom and rights, executive influence on the judiciary, wanton arrests, detention and persecution of opposition as well as extra judicial and arbitrary killing of citizens by state controlled security forces.
“The report also directly discredited President Buhari’s fight against corruption as targeted against opposition members while government officials and APC members, openly indicted of corruption, especially those close to Mr. President, are not prosecuted.”
PDP Spokesman added that from the report the world can now see that the PDP has not been raising false alarm on the unbearable savagery and massive corruption of the APC administration, which has proven to be the worst in the history of our country.
“The world has now known why the APC-led Federal Government has been fixated at silencing opposition voices using the tyrannical instruments of intimidation, arrest, detention, trumped-up charges and media trial while emasculating free speech and press freedom in our country, all designed to hide their atrocities from the world.
“Today, it is clear to the world why Nigerians are leaving their country in droves to other parts of the world even at the peril of slavery and death.
“Under President Buhari and the APC, our country is in great pain. Our constitution appears to have been technically suspended. Citizens now live in fear; bloodletting by marauders and extra judicial killings have become the order of the day; billions of naira meant for the rehabilitation of victims of insurgency are daily frittered by government officials while fundamental human rights have become essential commodities.
“While we urge Nigerians to remain calm, we are surprised that the Buhari Presidency has suddenly become dumb in the face of obviously overwhelming allegations, believing that the tide will flow by.
“The PDP therefore challenges the Preside
“PDP calls on United States President Donald Trump to note the damning finding in the report by the US Department of States and review his earlier invitation to President Buhari, until the issues raised are addressed.”