The main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has warned President Muhammadu Buhari’s government that another nationwide demonstration in the manner of the End SARS campaign may be on the cards.
The party said the protest may happen following the All Progressives Congress-led government’s inability to address the lingering fuel scarcity in the country.
The PDP stated that the country’s fuel crisis has doubled the hardships that Nigerians have already experienced under President Buhari’s administration.
The party stated that the government and ruling party must remember that the citizens have a limit to what they can bear, and that the current administration is arrogant, inhumane, careless, and insensitive.
This was stated in a statement released by the party’s spokesman, Debo Ologunagba, in which the main opposition also chastised Buhari for what it called his inability to handle the challenges facing the country.
“Is it not an unpardonable dereliction of duty that while the nation is in turmoil and agonizing under a collapsed national grid, protracted fuel crisis, distressed aviation sector, plummeting currency, crippled production and commercial activities, President Muhammadu Buhari remains aloof and ‘absent’ as always?” The PDP wondered.
“The failure by President Buhari, who also doubles as the Minister of Petroleum Resources to take immediate action, other than the snobbish stance by his Presidency that ‘heavens will not fall’ because of fuel scarcity amounts to daring Nigerians to do their worse.
“It is often said that when a government abdicates its responsibility to the citizens at whose pleasure it should serve, then that government is complicit in the suffering of its people and a beneficiary of their woes.”
The party berated Buhari for not showing empathy, competence and concern to the plight of Nigerians and as the country rapidly drifts towards a looming precipice.
PDP pointed out that the frustration in the country is already building into a nationwide “restiveness that may result to the breakdown of Law and Order if allowed to fester.”
With everything that is going on in Nigeria, including the president’s apparent helplessness as millions of businesses, jobs, and sources of livelihood have collapsed across the country, paving the way for extreme hardship and widespread social tension, the PDP believes that Nigerians may once again take to the streets.
“Our party fears that the situation is getting to a boiling point and can trigger a nationwide agitation that might be worse than the October 2020 End SARS if not addressed immediately,” the party said.