PDP urges Buhari to strengthen harmonious living in Nigeria

PDP urges Buhari to strengthen harmonious living in Nigeria

The Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) has advised President Muhammadu Buhari to take practical steps to entrench the culture of rule of law and strengthen harmonious living in the country.


The party gave the advice in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan, in a reaction to the president’s speech on Nigeria’s 60th Independence Anniversary.


Ologbondiyan urged Buhari to take the practical steps through inclusiveness, equity in wealth distribution and equal access to opportunities for all Nigerians, irrespective of factors such as creed, class or ethnicity.


He also advised the president to take urgent steps to tackle the challenge of divisive tendencies and economic policies confronting the country.


He also counselled Buhari to engender harmony and productivity by permitting more robust discourse that would lead to affordable prices for fuel and other essential commodities in the country.


Ologbondiyan said that the president’s attempt to justify the recent increase of fuel price in Nigeria, by comparing the pump price fuel in the country with the N168-per-litre cost in Saudi Arabia, was not tenable.


He said that the minimum wage in “Saudi Arabia is N305,113 (3,000 Saudi Riyals), 10 times higher than our paltry N30,000, which is largely unimplemented in Nigeria.”


Ologbondiyan said that on the average, a person working in Saudi Arabia earned around 4,230SAR (N430, 267) to 16,700 SAR (N1,698,693) per month.


He added that in Egypt, the monthly average earning was around N222, 841 (9,200 Egyptian Pounds) against Nigeria’s N30,000.


“In comparing our costs with other countries such as Ghana, Chad and Niger, where the purchasing power of citizens are much more higher; did Mr President reflect on the cost of house rent?


“Did he compare the cost of education, healthcare and average dependence on fuel for daily survival by ordinary citizens, as obtainable in Nigeria?”


Ologbondiyan said that if the Buhari-administration had continued with the programmes, initiated by previous administrations under PDP to revive the country’s refineries and provide the infrastructural backbone for the productive sector, fuel price would not have been more than N100 per litre.


He said that the same indices would have applied to the gains from by-products from crude oil.


“Furthermore, credible elections are essential to harmonious living.


“Our party, therefore, restates our commendation to Mr President for his new found commitment to non-interference in elections, leading to the conduct of free, fair and credible governorship election in Edo State on Sept. 19.


“We urge President Buhari to toe the line of the Edo election in the Oct. 10, Ondo governorship election, so as to consolidate the legacy of free and fair election under his watch.”


Besides, Ologbondiyan advised the president to exert himself on rebuilding the Nigerian economy by ending borrowing and focusing on revamping the country’s productive capacity.


He, however, said that the country’s security was pivotal to its economic revival.


He added that the unceasing acts of insurgency, banditry and kidnapping in the last few years had negatively affected the nation’s productivity and threatened its corporate existence.


He urged Buhari to rejig the country’s security architecture to inject new blood that could effectively confront the security challenges of the nation, while employing more competent hands to run the affairs of the nation.

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