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Buhari’s food importation ban policy ill-timed, anti- people – PDP

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has described President Muhammadu Buhari’s directive to stifle food importation in the country as mean, ill-timed and completely against the wellbeing of Nigerians.

The PDP stated that the directive will worsen food scarcity, exacerbate the already harsh economic situation and the general depression, frustration, resentment and despair in our country under President Buhari’s watch.

This came on the heels of concerns raised by financial analyst, Dr Samuel Nzekwe, who insists on the need for the Federal Government to ensure for the autonomy of CBN if only to guarantee some measure of stability in the nation’s economy.

The party in a statement by its spokesperson, Kola Ologbondiyan on Thursday said the policy would aggravate the present harsh economic conditions of majority Nigerians.

According to the PDP, ” it is indeed appalling that instead of bringing solutions to the depreciating living conditions in our nation, President Buhari is rather imposing more suffering by ordering the removal of subsidy on food even when it is manifestly clear that he had failed on all fronts to achieve any level of food security despite the huge resources available to his administration.”

The party said by the directive, the Buhari Presidency and the All Progressives Congress (APC) have again demonstrated their insensitivity towards millions of Nigerians who are already suffering acute hunger and starvation due to severe food shortage and high prices brought by President Buhari’s misrule.

“The PDP states strongly that Nigerians do not, in any way, deserve such suffering being foisted on them by such directive on food.

“Such situation will only breed further despondency among our citizens, heighten our security challenges and put more pressure on compatriots, many of who, in the face of suffering occasioned by APC misrule, are resorting to suicide and slavery mission as options.

“Instead of removing subsidy on food and putting more suffering on Nigerians, the PDP urges President Buhari to cut the billions of naira being wasted on luxuries in his Presidency and free the funds for the welfare of the masses”, stated the party.

Furthermore, the PDP urged President Buhari to recover the over N14 trillion allegedly siphoned by APC interests under Buhari’s administration including the stolen N9 trillion detailed in the leaked NNPC memo and channel the resources towards food security for Nigerians.

The PDP stated that it is a complete disservice to Nigerians for the government to place restrictive directives on food for the masses, while interests condoned by the same administration are frittering our common patrimony.
“The PDP wants to believe that while Mr. President enjoys the comfort, luxury, sufficiency and safety of the government house, he is barely aware of the sufferings of Nigerians.

“Our party therefore charges President Buhari to immediately rescind his directive before it inflicts more damage on the polity”, the party stated.

In his reaction, former President, Association of National Accountants of Nigeria (ANAN), Dr Samuel Nzekwe said that autonomy of the apex bank is very importation in order for foreign investors to come in.

According to him, there is need for CBN to maintain its autonomy, stressing that if CBN loses its autonomy; there will be problem in the economy, saying that even the international bodies will not take Nigeria serious any more if the autonomy is lost.

“No matter what it is, the independent of the CBN must be maintained.Reacting to President Buhari’s order to CBN to stop providing funding for food imports, Nzekwe said: “Why ordering CBN. But from the comments of people so far, I think the president must have learnt that the language was not commiserate with our situation, I think he must be making amends.

“Although, I don’t have the statistics upon which he is giving that order, if we have not attained food security, it will be problem for us, I don’t know the statistics upon which he is basing his order. I am always in support of not importing anything that we can produce in Nigeria for the productive sectors to thrive. But how are we sure that we have gotten food security in this country, part of the problem we are having in this country is weak institution, most of the things banned are still coming.

“Because of the activities of those patronizing the parallel market that is why we still see banned items coming into the country”.

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