Yesterday, the minority caucus in the House of Representatives criticized President Muhammadu Buhari over his speech at the 76th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) where he stated the gains made by his administration in various sectors of the economy overtime.
The caucus stated that it was in total disagreement with the “ugly reality of the failures of his administration, as well as the economic, security and social ruins that have confronted the nation under his watch.”
A press release made by the caucus’ leader, Ndidu Elumelu, depicted the president’s speech as a great detriment to the nation by not presenting the actual picture of affairs in the country.
“The human rights violations, corruption and incompetence in his administration; the excruciating hardship, escalated insecurity, national divisiveness and infrastructural decay under his watch, thereby blocking avenues for desired intervention in our various ailing sectors” are some of the troubles the caucus is disturbed about, the statement read.
It added: “The minority caucus was alarmed by President Buhari’s report to UNGA that terrorists have been so weakened in Nigeria that they are now preying on soft targets, when in reality, insurgents have become so emboldened under his watch, that they are now attacking military formations, kidnapping and killing our gallant officers while overrunning communities and murdering our citizens without restrain.”
As representatives of the people, Elumelu disclosed that the caucus was shocked that the President’s speech did not ponder on the kidnapping and killing of students and school children in Nigeria.
He showed concern that the speech did not ponder on the closure of schools and crippling of education in many parts of the country where healthy lifestyle has been destroyed by terrorists, neither did it reflect any empathy towards the victims of terrorism attacks.
According to the lawmaker, the caucus was surprised by the president’s speech that his administration “built” isolation centres and emergency hospital wards, “all over the country in record time” in the fight against COVID-19; a claim in conflict with the infrastructural reality in the country.
Besides, the caucus disclosed that the speech did not describe any decisive roadmap towards economic recovery and food security with no personal commitment to put an end to corruption in his administration.