The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has condemned the absence of President Muhammadu Buhari and his vice, Yemi Osinbajo at the funeral of late President Shehu Shagari.
The opposition in a statement on Monday said it is highly “unpardonable and a very wrong precedence in our national protocol,” for Buhari to have missed the funeral of Nigeria’s first executive president.
We condemn in strong terms, the conspicuous absence of President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the burial of our highly respected former President, Alhaji Shehu Shagari, on Saturday, December 29, 2018.
President Buhari’s absence at the funeral, particularly regarding Shehu Shagari’s status, as the first Executive President of our country, is unpardonable and a very wrong precedence in our national protocol.
PDP in the statement noted further that said the absence of both the President, sent a wrong signal to the international community on how national values and patriots are treated .
See full statement below
This action of President Buhari and his Vice has also sent a very wrong signal to members of the international community on how we honour our national values and respect for our patriots.
Sadly, while the former President Shagari was at the National Hospital Abuja, passing through his last moments, President Buhari was busy campaigning in Uyo, Akwa-Ibom State, boasting of how he sacked the 2nd Republic, arrested and locked up Shagari and others.
Such disdain for our respected national figure by Buhari is completely unpresidential and unpardonable. Once again, we console the family of the former President, the government and people of Sokoto state and indeed all Nigerians for his demise. May his soul Rest In Peace
National Broadcast: PDP Slams Buhari Over ‘Disappointing, Empty’ Speech – PDP
Recall that Buhari in his speech called for an end to the protest, adding that his government had already accepted and started implementing demands of the protesters.
He, however, failed to acknowledge the shooting of protesters by soldiers of the Nigerian Army at the Lekki Toll Gate on Tuesday night.
Reacting in a statement on Thursday night by its spokesperson, Kola Ologbodinyan, the PDP said Buhari’s address was depressing and failed empathy test.
The party appealed to Nigerians, particularly the youth, to remain calm and allow a return to normal life in the collective quest for peaceful co-existence in the overall interest of the nation.
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This was contained in a statement titled “EndSARS- Lekki Massacre,” signed by the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, late on Tuesday.
Ologbodiyan said, “The Peoples Democratic Party, condemns in very strong terms, the killing of peaceful protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos as well as other parts of our country.
“It is shocking that security agents and, in some cases, thugs, were reportedly deployed to end the lives of promising Nigerians. This, to say the least, is saddening.
“Those responsible for the heinous murder of the innocent and harmless Nigerians must account for their nefarious acts.
“The PDP calls on President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately direct an end to these wanton killings across our nation.
#EndSARS: Gov Bello Warns Protesters Against Overthrowing Buhari
He stated this during an interview with Africa Independent Television AIT on Monday night.
Bello called on his fellow state governors to tack charge in their respective states so as to prevent loss of lives and properties due to attacks by hoodlums.
He, however, warned Nigerian youths to resist the temptation of using the current situation in the country to seek an undemocratic change in leadership.
The Governor warned that those interested in the presidency must wait till 2023 and go through democratic processes.
He urged the protesting youths to leave the streets and embrace dialogue.
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