The Presidency in Nigeria has wholly rejected the allegations by General Muhammadu Buhari of under development of the country in the last 16 years of the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) leadership, describing it as irresponsible, reckless, baseless and unsupportable.
- Buhari made the allegations in a speech to declare his intention to contest in 2015 presidential election on the platform of the All Progressives Congress
- Presidency says there is no truth in Buhari’s statement
- Spokesman to President Goodluck Jonathan, Reuben Abati published the statement
- He says Buhari’s statement reflects the character of the political opposition in Nigeria
- The presidency tells Buhari to focus his campaign on more original ideas for the promotion of peace, stability, unity and progress of Nigeria.
The presidency’s rejection of General Buhari’s allegation is coming a day after General Buhari made the allegations in Abuja while declaring his intention to contest in the 2015 presidential elections on the platform of the opposition All Progressives Congress.
A spokesman for President Goodluck Jonathan, Dr Reuben Abati, described the allegations as “an irresponsible denigration of President Goodluck Jonathan’s sincere efforts, over the past four years, to positively transform Nigeria.
“The falsity of General Buhari’s anti-Jonathan and anti-PDP claims will be obvious to knowledgeable Nigerians and friends of the country, but for the benefit of others we affirm that there is absolutely no truth whatsoever in his charge that “the last 16 years of PDP Government has witnessed a decline in all critical sectors of life in Nigeria” or that “the economy continues to deteriorate.
“Statistics and rankings from the National Bureau of Statistics, the Central Bank of Nigeria, the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund and other international economic agencies give the lie to General Buhari’s claims on the state of the Nigerian economy.
“As is well known, available figures, statistics and ratings show that the Nigerian economy has consistently maintained an unprecedented growth rate of 6-7% under the Jonathan administration. They also show that the Nigerian economy is now the leading economy in Africa and the 26th largest in the world with a gross domestic product of over $500 billion per annum,” he said.
Dr Abati further said that General Buhari’s claims were reckless, baseless and unsupportable.
He noted that his attitude was a reflection of the character of the political opposition now in Nigeria.
“It reflects very badly on the character of the political opposition we now have in Nigeria, that a political leader of General Buhari’s stature will deliberately make such false and uncharitable comments about the elected leadership of his country, merely for personal and sectional political gain.
“Also contrary to General Buhari’s assertion yesterday, Nigeria’s agricultural sector is thriving under the reforms being implemented by the Jonathan administration as current production figures show and neither manufacturing nor commerce is “down” as the APC presidential aspirant alleged.
“His most uncharitable and inexcusable accusation against the present administration was that election rigging continues to thrive in Nigeria.
“We trust that all patriotic, objective and non-partisan Nigerians will reject that allegation knowing it to be invalid and they will have the evidence of the progressively freer, fairer and ever more credible elections conducted under the Jonathan administration to support their position,” Dr Abati emphasised.
The Presidential Spokesman said that President Jonathan would not be deterred in the transformation agenda of developing Nigeria despite the false allegations against him.
“The President will not be discouraged or deterred from his objective of repositioning Nigeria for accelerated and inclusive socio-economic development by the partisan and jaundiced views of power seekers like General Buhari who cannot see the obvious results of the current administration’s efforts through their blinkered eyes.
“We also draw the attention of Nigerians to the total lack of originality in the hackneyed manifesto offered to Nigerians yesterday by the APC Presidential aspirant.
“All that General Buhari promises to do are already being done by the Jonathan Administration to the acclaim of ordinary Nigerians and there is no evidence before Nigerians that the APC leader and his acolytes can do them better.
“The retired General is free to renege on his well-publicized pledge not to seek elective office again, as he has done, but we urge him to conduct his presidential campaign with greater regard for the truth,” Abati stressed.
Dr Abati however, urged Buhari to eschew unbecoming false accusations against others and focus his campaign on more original ideas for the promotion of peace, stability, unity and progress of Nigeria.