President Muhammadu Buhari has stated that the damage caused by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) during its 16-year rule in Nigeria, cannot be overemphasized.
The president, who referred to the political leaders during the PDP’s reign as lacking ‘conscience’, slammed the opposition for wrecking the country and plunging the nation’s resources.
Buhari noted this while speaking at a meeting with a select group of south-east leaders on Friday.
“We have done so much. Given the chance, we will do more. Given every chance, we will tell Nigerians where we were in 2015 and what we have achieved up to now,” he said.
“We will not get tired of speaking about the golden opportunity Nigeria lost during 16 years of the PDP. We earned money, which we didn’t use.
“The state of infrastructure we inherited was terrible – no roads, the railway was killed and power. They lacked conscience because anybody with conscience will not do what they did. We will report them to Nigerians. Let anybody lead this country but not the PDP. They were so reckless with the resources of the country.
“If you ruin the economy, send your children abroad to get education, won’t they come back? I said it 30 years ago that this is the only country we have. We must stay here and salvage it together.”
Speaking on the endorsement of PDP’s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, by the Ohanaeze Ndigbo socio-cultural group, Buhari said he has been assured by well meaning leaders in the region that there is no cause for alarm.
Buhari said the moment the resolution was announced, he got calls from well-meaning leaders from the region asking him to disregard it as it was without any substance.
“From that moment, I knew that the resolution would not stand, and alas, there it was.”
The national chairman of the United Progressive Party (UPP), Chekwas Okorie, promised to mobilise support for Buhari in the south-east, saying his re-election will be a national consensus.