PDP Covering its 'serial failure' - Garba Shehu defends Buhari administration

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A senior adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari has blasted the opposition party for criticizing his boss's government.

In a statement on Sunday, Garba Shehu said that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) were trying to cover up its "serial failure" while they were in the office.

The statement is a retaliation to the opposition after the PDP governors on March 24 declared that the All Progressives Congress (APC) is not fit to participate in the 2023 general election.

The opposition governors said the APC is a failure that has become a threat to Nigerians.

Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu
Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu Credit: Punchnews

But Shehu lambasted the governors, claiming the APC has "strived these past seven years to repair the damage done by the PDP."

"We cannot forget under PDP, the nation had an army full of phantom soldiers whose pay went to PDP politicians' pockets while our under-resourced real soldiers died in the fight against terrorist insurgents and our international allies refused to supply Nigeria kit and military aid," the statement reads.

"Today, with the APC, the army is resourced, we have fighter jets from our partners, Boko Haram is being driven from every inch of Nigerian territory, and ISWAP's leader was eliminated in a Nigerian airstrike.

"We cannot ignore how PDP politicians sought – and continue to seek – to inflame ethnic and religious tensions by refusing to even proffer a solution to the herder-farmer clashes which became most prevalent under their misrule.

"Today, with APC in government, there are ranches on Federal land and in state land where there is the willingness to establish them. Clashes are reduced. Lives are saved, and livelihoods are enriched."

Unlike the PDP, which mismanaged the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), he said, the APC has used funds from NNPC directly and transparently for social and health programs - such as the covid-19 response and infrastructural development.

"The Governors reeled out numbers on the economy, pretending as if the once-in-a-life COVID-19 pandemic, with its huge and devastating effect, disrupting global supply chains, uniformly battering the world economy never happened," the statement further reads.

"COVID-19 brought suffering and hardship to the doorstep of the entire global community-less maybe, of the affluent and pretentious PDP Governors-and to the credit of this administration, Nigeria's economy recovered faster and stronger than the entire world ever imagined."

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