This was stated in the party’s message to Nigerians in advance of the country’s 61st independence anniversary.
Speaking to reporters at the party’s national headquarters, Kola Ologbondiyan, the PDP’s national publicity secretary, said the Buhari administration’s push “to sink our nation to the precipices is evident in our daily lives; the lies, injustices, violations, state-sponsored violence, impunity, nepotism, treasury looting, harsh economic policies, and accommodation of terrorism, but our nation has continued to endure.”
Accusing the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, of making life difficult for Nigerians, the party expressed optimism for the country’s ability to recover stronger.
“It is painful that all of our nation’s gains since independence in 1960, particularly during the PDP’s 16 years in office, have been reversed, including the establishment of national unity and cohesiveness, citizen freedom and personal liberty, rule of law, credible elections, justice, equity, fairness, and economic progress; the very elements of an independent state.
“The Buhari Presidency and the APC have returned our nation to the pre-independence era on all fronts, bringing with it a bondage mentality and frustration that has resulted in many losing faith in the system and fleeing our country in droves over the last six years.
“Isn’t it ironic that our nation is celebrating independence ( Nigeria at 61 ) in the face of rigged elections, a brazen crackdown on opposition and dissenting voices, and other suppressive acts, such as the muzzling of free speech in Nigeria?
“Isn’t it also ironic that as we commemorate our independence, thousands of our compatriots are being victimised by extrajudicial killings, arbitrary arrests, and illegal detention in dehumanising cells; all of which highlight the heinous situation under President Buhari and the APC, as documented by reputable international organisations such as Amnesty International (AI) and the US Department of State?
“How can we celebrate when the APC government has no answers for the murder of our youths by security operatives, as witnessed in the 2020 EndSARS protest killings, and when those who demand accountability in governance are pursued, harassed, and framed?
“Isn’t it painful that President Buhari has opened our nation to terrorists, bandits, and kidnappers who are indiscriminately murdering our citizens while their well-known apologists enjoy official cover, with one of them serving as a cabinet minister?
“The PDP regards President Buhari’s failure to secure our nation as unforgivable. Despite genuine suggestions from patriotic Nigerians, including the PDP, his administration has remained sluggish and has pretended to be helpless.
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“However, our party salutes our valiant troops for making enormous sacrifices to defend our country, despite the daunting obstacles they face.
“On the economic front, how can we celebrate when President Buhari and the APC have destroyed our once-vibrant economy in less than six years and transformed Nigeria into the world’s poverty capital, with over 82.9 million Nigerians unable to afford their daily meals.
“How can we celebrate when the APC has shackled our nation with over N33.1 trillion in accumulated debt, a 33% unemployment rate, the collapse of productive sectors, and a weakened naira that has fallen from N167 to a dollar when President Buhari took office in 2015 to a pitiful N576 to a dollar today?
“Rather than addressing corruption and reviving the economy, the Buhari administration is busy doctoring the books with fictitious indices that bear no resemblance to the harsh reality on the ground.
“Indeed, this is not the proper course of action. The unavoidable reality is that there is no hope under the APC, which is why there are no drums on the streets to celebrate Nigeria’s 61st birthday.
“If anything, Nigerians are using the 61st independence anniversary to reaffirm their resolve to wrest their country back from the APC’s stranglehold in 2023.
“The PDP appreciates Nigerians’ confidence in our party to lead the charge to reclaim our country in 2023. Our party appreciates the outpouring of goodwill and solidarity messages from Nigerians across the country, as evidenced by the overwhelming interest shown by citizens in our ongoing registration drive.
“The PDP congratulates Nigerians on the 61st anniversary of their independence and urges them to use the occasion to further solidify our unity and resolve for the task ahead.”
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