Omololu Ogunmade in Abuja
The presidency on Monday cried wolf over the letter sent to the United Nations (UN) by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) alleging violations of human rights by the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari and its indifference to wanton destruction of lives in the country.
In a statement, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mala, Shehu Ganba, who described the letter as preposterous, said the PDP was only angry because it no longer had the opportunity to perpetrate its undemocratic tendencies.
He said the letter exposed the PDP as a bad loser which hoped to exploit the current developments in the country to stage a come back.
Shehu who described PDPâ€™s accusation that Buhari has destroyed Nigerian democracy as preposterous and comical, alleged that PDP was only attempting to pervert history by delivering a lecture on democracy.
Shehu who also reeled out various accusations of misdemeanour against PDP which he said led to its humiliation, said the public would marvel if the extent of perversion done to the country by the party is unveiled to it.
He also lamented the accusation that Buhariâ€™s government was behind the protracted spate of killings in various parts of the country, wondering what the government would gain by sponsoring the killings of Nigerians.
Arguing that the party has no proof to back the allegation, Shehu said the allegation was not only embarrassing but also an expression of tribalism and instigation for balkanisation.
He said the party was very happy by the prevalent insecurity in the country because it hoped to exploit it to score political points.
The statement read: â€œThe letter written by the National Chairman of the Peopleâ€™s Democratic Party (PDP), Mr. Uche Secondus, to the United Nations Secretary General accusing President Muhammadu Buhari of several allegations confirm the opposition party as a bad loser, desperate for another chance after they were kicked out for failing the country and its people
â€œIn the said letter which is no less preposterous and comical, the opposition accused the Nigerian government of â€˜destroying Nigeriaâ€™s democracy.â€™
â€œPDPâ€™s lecture on democracy and the rule of law coming from a party with a tradition of undemocratic rule is a desperate attempt to pervert history and the course of justice.
â€œThe sermon is both trite and hollow, coming from a party with intolerance for dissent as its hallmark. A party that humiliated opposition parties and stunted their growth. This was the atmosphere that nurtured the birth of the All Progressives Congress (APC.)
â€œThe war against corruption, for which many more politicians may soon be docked, cannot be misrepresented as an attack on human rights and Secondus should not try to mislead the UN.
â€œNigerian politicians at all levels have been used to dispensing with state funds in whatever manner they please, and to have someone, an administration, finally saying, â€˜No. It doesnâ€™t matter how big or important you think you are; the law must come against you…â€™ That is not something they are used to at all.
â€œFor the PDP, as it has now emerged, national security was the major source of their funding.
â€œThe PDP chairman and all other politicians against whom the countryâ€™s anti-corruption agencies have on-going investigations, should be assured that it is only a matter of time before the law catches up with them, and makes them pay for the grief their mismanagement of the past has caused, and is still causing Nigerians. Nigerians suffered because of the poison sowed by the PDP.â€
It said: â€œIf the public was privy to some of the facts and figures on corruption that President Buhari and the anti-corruption agencies have, they would understand the passion that drives the determination to nail these callous men and stop them in their corrupt tracks.
â€œRegarding the accusation that President Buhari is behind the spate of herdsmen and farmer clashes in the Middle Belt of Nigeria, all we will say is that it is as an embarrassing charge that the PDP would make, conveying an allegation from the beer parlours of Nigeria to an international body like the UN.
â€œThe PDP certainly has no shred of evidence to make such an allegation. These are comments driven by tribalism and that age-old trick of balkanisation in a bid to score political points. This should not surprise anyone given the politics of anger, violence and polarisation that are the stock-in-trade of the PDP.
â€œThe various lengths to which President Buhari has gone to end the spate of killings, such as mobilising state resources against the attackers, approving the setting up of new police and army formations in the affected areas, and the recruitment of thousands into the police and other arms of the military, are a few of the several steps taken which a more reasonable opposition will acknowledge.
â€œWhat can president Buhari possibly gain from the killings? There is no intelligent angle from which you analyse the matter and see any possible gain for this government in the wanton destruction of life and property going on.
â€œFor the â€˜newâ€™ PDP leadership on the other hand, incapable of thinking big about the nation, they see and treat the unfortunate spate of killing of innocent Nigerians as political gift, about which they seem very happy to cite as the basis for a return to power.They feel bad at every turn the country improves, which is beyond comprehension. They should bury their heads in shame.â€