The opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, on Tuesday said the policies of President Muhammadu Buhari and his “apparent lack of viable economic initiatives” were inflicting hardship on Nigerians.
The PDP National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, said in a statement that it was disheartening the present administration had remained insensitive and unresponsive to the feelings of Nigerians.
The party said the hardship was occasioned by lack of competent hands in the management nation’s economy.
“Rather than evolving economic initiatives to improve the lot of the citizens, this administration has in the last seven months churned out policies that stifle productivity in the formal and informal sectors, thereby inflicting hardship on them. This has resulted in the semi-destruction of the long-standing extended family system in our society.
“It is a statement of fact that under President Buhari’s watch, the nation has witnessed the gloomiest festive season. Under this government, Nigerians have had the worst Sallah celebration and by all indications, this Christmas season is going to be the bleakest ever.
“More worrisome is the fact that there is no indication that the government has any plan for ameliorating the hardship of the people. Instead, the situation may get worse as this administration, in its lack of economic initiatives, is now rolling up its sleeves to introduce some stringent tax policies, in addition to completely removing the social palliatives Nigerians benefit from.
“On the issue of the persisting fuel queues across the country, we demand that the government come clean. Is it market driven or a product of government conspiracy? Our take is that if indeed it is true that the government has a hand in this fuel crisis, then they should have a rethink and show pity on innocent Nigerians.
“We therefore align with the people in declaring that this administration is unprepared for governance. President Buhari and his party came to power on propaganda, deceit and falsehood and the government has now shown lack of initiatives and the required competence to successfully move the nation forward.
Mr. Metuh said it was saddening that a government that came to power on a mantra of change now seeks to change the ways and means of the very people that they “deceived” into voting for them.
“We advise the government to note that any attempt to increase taxes and duties will overstretch the lean income of ordinary Nigerians and gradually inflict intolerable poverty in the land,” Mr. Metuh said.