The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has claimed that Nigeria will not benefit anything significant from the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly as President Muhammadu Buhari is heading to the summit with no well-articulated agenda for the country.
The PDP made this claim in a statement issued by Kola Ologbondiyan, its National Publicity Secretary, in a statement on Sunday.
According to the major opposition party, the president is allegedly going to embark on a show of grandstanding on the global stage rather than articulate and protect the country’s interest at such fora.
The statement read: “Is it not lamentable that while other leaders are heading to the meeting with well-articulated national proposals that will boost their nations’ competitiveness on international engagements, the Buhari Presidency is going empty with zero capacity to engage; a clear signal that it will equally return empty?
“The sad effect of such leadership failure is worsened by the acceptability issues trailing the rigging of the February Presidential election, for which the Buhari Presidency is largely lacking in confidence and poise to vigorously engage other world leaders on issues.
“In over four years of this administration, the Buhari Presidency has not been able to harness opportunities presented by such important events despite huge resources deployed for attendance.”
Making reference to previous travels, the PDP decried that the president did not allegedly gain anything of value for Nigeria to his last visit to Japan while Nana Akufo-Ado, his Ghanaian counterpart, secured multinational deals with business leaders in the same country.
The opposition party asked the president to use the UNGA to inform the global comity of nations the challenges that Nigeria is encountering in terms of security, violence, the economy and alleged arrest and persecution of innocent Nigerians.
It also urged the president to report to the international community how he and the All Progressives Congress (APC) allegedly manipulated the 2019 presidential election to his favour.
“The PDP states that these are facts known to all and for which the world is demanding answers from the Buhari Presidency,” the statement read.
It further urged President Buhari to “assert the confidence and courage” to seek help for the country from fellow world leaders.