The minority caucus of Nigeria’s lower legislative house made holes in President Muhammadu Buhari’s speech to the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).
Opposition lawmakers in a statement Saturday, which was signed by the Hon. Ndudi Elumelu and sent to DAILY POST, lamented that Buhari’s address is riddled with lies and that the issues presented are at odds with the sad reality of his administration’s failures.
The caucus said the economic, security and social ruins of Nigeria under Buhari’s watch were evident.
“Our caucus believes that President Buhari’s speech is a huge disservice to our nation by failing to present the true picture of business in our country; human rights violations, corruption and the incompetence of its administration; the atrocious difficulties, the growing insecurity, the national divisions and the degradation of the infrastructures under its surveillance, thus blocking the desired avenues of intervention in our various sectors in difficulty.
“The Minority Caucus was alarmed by President Buhari’s report to the UNGA that terrorists have been so weakened in Nigeria that they are now preying on easy targets, when in reality the insurgents have become so emboldened under his watch that they now attack military formations, kidnapping and killing our valiant officers while invading communities and assassinating our citizens without restraint. ”
Lawmakers noted that the speech did not reflect kidnapping and banditry in Nigeria, adding that they were saddened by the false statement.
The statement added: “The speech did not reflect on the closure of schools and the paralysis of education in many parts of our country, where normal life has been destroyed by terrorists, it did not no longer showed empathy towards the victims of terrorist attacks.
“Our caucus is concerned that in reflecting on violent conflicts, the President’s speech did not convey any personal commitment that could guarantee the end of bad governance and undemocratic human rights violations. , poverty, ignorance, injustice and inequalities, which prevail under his leadership, even after having identified, for example, the causes of conflicts.
“In addition, the minority caucus is shocked by the assertions in Mr. President’s speech that his administration has” built “isolation centers and emergency services” across the country “” in record time. ”In the fight against Covid-19; a claim that is in conflict with the infrastructural reality of the country.
“In addition, our caucus is concerned that Mr. President’s speech did not present a decisive roadmap towards economic recovery and food security; had no personal commitment to end corruption in his administration; had no personal commitment to end the loan or show a clear plan to pay off the huge debt accumulated by his administration.
“The speech also lacked specific personal commitments to a credible electoral process, especially as the nation approaches the 2023 general election.
“The Minority Caucus, after careful consideration, urges President Buhari to always check the content given to him by his managers to ensure that his position, especially on the global stage, captures reality as well as aspiration. prevailing in the country.
“The caucus is concerned that the nation may lose the necessary intervention because the president has failed to speak of his inability to deal with a myriad of challenges facing citizens.”