The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has blasted President Muhammadu Buhari for making comments described by the opposition as divisive and counterproductive to nation building, Vanguard reports.
PDP, reacting to statements credited to Buhari while in the USA that he would administer the country on the basis of the voting pattern in the last general elections, said “never in the history of our nation has a president made such a divisive and vindictive declaration. Never in the history of Nigeria has a President made such tendentious, biased and partisan statement, a blade on the chord of unity of his own country and people”.
In a statement through its national publicity secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh, on Sunday, July 26, the party also ridiculed Buhari’s anti-corruption war and challenged the APC administration to clear the air regarding the $2.1billion World Bank loan and counter claims surrounding the disbursement of the recent bailout fund with the governors.
Metuh described the president’s recent trip to the United States as a failure, saying nothing tangible emanated from the trip.
The party also flayed the recent treatment meted out to Dame Patience Jonathan by the director of protocol, ministry of foreign Affairs, Ambassador Hussein who was reported to have promised to deal with the former first Lady if he sees her again at the protocol lounge of the Port Harcourt Airport.
In other news, The Punch reports that President Muhammadu Buhari has thrown his support behind the prosecution of anybody found culpable in the forgery of the Senate standing order rules.
The president’s stand on the issue was made public by his senior special assistant on media and publicity, Garba Shehu in an interview with The Punch.
Following the National Assembly election on June 9, the All Progressives Congress (APC) had alleged that the deputy Senate president, Ike Ekweremadu and some other National Assembly officials had altered the Senate standing rules so as to make way for the election of Senator Saraki and his deputy.
The Nigeria police, acting on a petition on the alleged forgery, carried out an investigation and came out with a report which confirmed that the rules were tampered with.
In another news, The Sun reports that about 19 persons lost their lives on Sunday, July 26, when an underage suicide bomber detonated an explosive devices in a local market at Damaturu, Yobe state.
Police sources who confirmed the incident put the age of the suicide bomber at about 10 years. Five units of un-detonated IED were also reportedly recovered from the scene of the blast.
Governor Ibrahim Gaidam of Yobe state condemned the attack, describing it as callous, barbaric and unjustifiable. He sympathized with the families of those who lost their love ones in the attack and urged security agents to step up vigilance in the state.
In some economic news, The Nation reports that cash strapped states may soon get a bail out from the Central Bank in two weeks, following President Buhari’s directive to the CBN three weeks ago to ready a special intervention fund, ranging from N250 billion-N300 billion to the states with low interests so as to enable the cash strapped states pay the backlog of salaries owed their workers.
The Guardian reports that the ban placed by the presidency on 113 vessels from crude oil/gas loading activities in any of the 27 terminals in Nigeria has created the perception that the present administration is not making the oil/gas sector lucrative enough to international investors.