Nigeria’s opposition party, the People’s Democratic Party has called for the resignation of President Muhammadu Buhari following audits and investigations into several government agencies including the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Niger Delta Development Corporation (NCDC).
According to a statement by Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and publicity, he stated that it is clear that the PDP would prefer the President not investigate but cover things up.
This he said is so as to not wake the sleeping lion as voiced by another of their leaders. Sheun continued saying “in a democracy, an opposition party is as critical to the system as the ruling party but in the case of Nigeria, the leading party in opposition is afflicted by a life-threatening sickness, the undemocratic pandemic as a result of which they are trading away the nation’s democratic values”.
“The PDP government which exited the stage five years ago through a democratic election by voters dissatisfied with corruption on an industrial scale, policy paralysis, obsolete and decaying essential infrastructure appears to have forgotten the reason for their stunning defeat and seem hell-bent on the fooling the nation, yet again for another ride to power” he added.
Insisting that President Buhari would not resign, Shehu noted that the President “is determined to continue the crusade against corruption, both legacy and recently unearthed cases, that are found to be shabbily handled, and in some cases unattended to by past administrations. The National Assembly, by virtue of its right to conduct its oversight function is currently carrying out own investigations. Additionally, the security and intelligence agencies are equally doing their part and must be given the time and space to conclude their work and present their reports”.
He also pointed out that the PDP cannot stop the government from probing into allegations against the MDAs and their chiefs, neither can they continue to subject Nigeria’s democracy to subterranean attacks under the guise of meaning well.