UNGA: PDP Says Buhari Is Attending Event ‘Without Plan, Objective, But Showboating’

Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to address 2019 election reports of the European Union (EU) and the African Union (AU) in his upcoming address to the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).

UNGA session will be taking place in New York, United States of America later in the week.

President Buhari left Abuja early on Sunday for the Assembly.

A statement on Sunday by PDP spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan, the party says it regretted that the President is going to UNGA without articulating any definite objectives, plans and proposals to attract tangible benefits to the nation.

The party said attending such an important meeting of world leaders and policy makers without a clear-cut national agenda showed that the Buhari Presidency is not committed to national issues but only going out for another “showboating” on the international platform.

“Is it not lamentable that while other leaders are heading to the meeting with well-articulated national proposals that will boost their nations’ competitiveness on international engagements, the Buhari Presidency is going empty with zero capacity to engage; a clear signal that it will equally return empty?

“The sad effect of such leadership failure is worsened by the acceptability issues trailing the rigging of the February Presidential election, for which the Buhari Presidency is largely lacking in confidence and poise to vigorously engage other world leaders on issues.

“In over four years of this administration, the Buhari Presidency has not been able to harness opportunities presented by such important events despite huge resources deployed for attendance.

“The PDP painfully recalls how, earlier this month, President Buhari returned empty from the 7th Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD7), at the same time his Ghanaian counterpart, Nana Akufo-Ado, sealed a deal with automobile giant, Toyota, to establish a Toyota and Suzuki manufacturing plant in Ghana.

“Nevertheless, since Mr. President is appearing before the UNGA, the PDP tasks him to use the opportunity to address world leaders on the reports by the European Union (EU), African Union (AU) and other international bodies, detailing heavy manipulations and outright rigging of the 2019 general elections to favour him and his party”, the PDP said.

The main opposition party also urged the President to address the world on reported issues of alleged violations of human rights, disregard for the rule of law and constitutional order, disobedience to court orders, arbitrary arrest and detention of citizens, extrajudicial killings, impunity and swelling corruption under his watch.

The PDP similarly called on President Buhari to address the world on the UN Rapporteur’s report as well as issues of violent division, escalated banditry, bloodletting and general insecurity in the country.

“In the same vein, the PDP demands that Mr. President addresses the world on how his administration wrecked our once robust economy from a prosperous nation to the world poverty capital in a space of four years”, it added.

According to the party, “these are facts known to all” and for which the world is demanding answers from the Nigerian leader, adding that the President should assert the confidence and courage required to demand for help from other world leaders.

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