The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has asked the Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, to resign immediately and apologise to Nigerians.
The party was reacting to the minister’s recent comment that the terrible state of roads in the nation was being exaggerated.
In a statement on Friday by its national spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan, the PDP said the comment was unpardonable and that it was unfortunate Fashola, “who ought to be apologetic for the decrepit state of roads across the country, since the last four years he has been minister,” made the comment.
It added that the statement was “a violent assault on the sensibility of over 200 million Nigerians and further demonstrates the disdain with which the Buhari administration holds our citizens who lost their lives and many more who daily undergo mental and physical torture using our dilapidated roads.”
The statement read in details, “The PDP holds that the minister’s comment must be premeditated and reflects the official position of the Muhammadu Buhari-led All Progressives Congress (APC) administration, which has no regard for Nigerians and only thrives in propaganda and false claims to cover its failures in governance.
“Every Nigerian knows that most of the major roads across the country are in sorry state and that travelling on our roads has become traumatizing and one of the highest life threatening experiences in our country since the last four years.
“The comment by the failed minister of works is therefore highly provocative and capable of invoking the anger of Nigerians, because it shows that either he has not been going through our roads and as such not in touch with reality or he has exposed himself as falsehearted official.
“Our party is however not surprised at such comment from the minister because the Buhari administration, in which he serves, thrives only in propaganda, blame game, excuses and false performance claims because it has nothing to offer.
“The minister’s reprehensible claim is therefore a clear pointer that Nigerians should not expect any intervention on roads under the Buhari administration.”
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