By Ngozi Onyeakusi

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has lamented that Nigerian economy under the present administration has had hard economic reality shows that not only has the nation become more economically disadvantaged under him, but now ranked as one of the world‚Äôs poorest‚ÄĚ.

The party described the independence day anniversary speech by President Muhammadu Buhari as a litany of false claims, empty assertions and bogus promises.

The party in a statement signed by Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan, National Publicity Secretary of the PDP said ‚Äúwhile the President was fictitiously asserting that our economy had made progress under him and that there is enabling environment for local and foreign investments, hard economic reality shows that not only has the nation become more economically disadvantaged under him, it now ranks as one of the world‚Äôs poorest‚ÄĚ.

The party said that President Buhari needs to be reminded that ‚Äúhis new minister of Finance Zainab Ahmed had last month alerted that the nation was facing serious revenue challenges under him, while the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) expressed fears that our country is sliding further into recession due to his poor implementation of 2018 budget‚ÄĚ.

‚ÄúIn his false economic assertions, President Buhari deliberately failed to mention that his administration has returned our beloved country to a debtor nation by accumulating over N22.4 trillion debt through which he had mortgaged the future of our country,‚ÄĚ the PDP spokesman further stated.

President Buhari, the PDP stressed in all his assertions also failed to respond to the harsh economic policies and demarketing tendencies embarked upon by his government stressing that the his economic strategy, ‚Äúhas caused a dearth in local and foreign direct investment, leading to over 30 million job losses as detailed by independent surveys including those by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS)‚ÄĚ.

Recalling, the PDP lamented that ‚Äúdue to his incompetence, the naira has fallen from the N165/1USD he met in 2015 to N360 to 1USD. He had no words for the increase in the price of fuel from N87 in 2015 to N145 as well as the hike in the prices of staple foods and essential commodities in Nigeria under his misrule‚ÄĚ.

While faulting President Buhari’s claims that under his administration,
corruption has drastically reduced and that brazen theft of billions of naira and shady oil deals have become a thing of the past the PDP said ‚Äúperhaps, Mr. President forgot that the latest corruption perception index released by Transparency International (TI), which saw our nation moving 12 places down the red line, shows that corruption has increased under him‚ÄĚ.

The party added that ‚ÄúWhat the Buhari Presidency should note is that Nigerians are no longer swayed by the false performance claims of his administration. They have the facts and nobody can beguile them as was the case in 2015‚ÄĚ.