The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said the booing that President Muhammadu Buhari received during his recent visit to Borno State on Wednesday is a clear indication that Nigerians no longer have confidence in him or his government.
The PDP said this in a statement issued by Kola Ologbondiyan, its National Publicity Secretary, in response to the Presidency’s comments on the booing.
The Presidency had in a statement issued by Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, on Thursday, alleged that some opposition politicians in the state organised what it described as “boo boys” to humiliate the President.
However, the PDP said the Presidency should “stop chasing shadows” and accept the bitter truth that its principal was criticised by the same electorate that voted him into power.
According to the major opposition party, the Presidency must stop resorting to falsehood and blackmail and instead take lessons from the incident that Nigerians are disenchanted with the current Federal Government.
The statement read: “The PDP’s position is predicated on the allegation by the Presidency that the people of Borno were paid to boo the President even when his ordeal was clearly self-inflicted following his Presidency’s continuous aloofness to the plight of Nigerians and communities being daily ravaged by terrorists, bandits and insurgents.
“The party said President Buhari should rather accept the bitter truth that Nigerians no longer have confidence in him, instead of allowing his aides to insult and smear the already hurting people of Borno state, for expressing their discontentment over the failure of his administration to take steps to end the scourge of terrorism in the country.
“It is indeed an unpardonable height of thoughtlessness and leadership failure for the Buhari Presidency to accuse victims of terrorism; a brokenhearted people, including those who have been orphaned, widowed, maimed, rendered homeless and living in agony and fear, of being bribed to boo the President during his media stunt visit.”
The PDP stated that it had expected the Presidency to more concerned about the Borno people’s fear of insecurity and work towards creating a strategy to counter the terrorists rather than accusing the victims of being sponsored to criticise the President.
“The PDP notes that the reaction of Nigerians in Borno represents the opinion of majority of our citizens and the international community. The attempt by the Buhari Presidency to divert attention by accusing Nigerians is therefore completely unacceptable,” the statement read.
The party also challenged President Buhari to travel to other states across the country by road to feel citizens’ pain concerning road infrastructure.