On the occasion of Nigeria’s 60th independence anniversary, Governors elected under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP have opined that the nation appears to be on reverse gear with the current state of affairs despite enviable strides recorded since independence.
The Governor Aminu Tambuwal-led PDP Governors Forum also accused President Muhammadu Buhari and his party, the All Progressives Congress, APC of leading Nigeria into extreme decay within just five years in power.
In a statement issued to express their views about the independence anniversary, the PDP governors stated the need for a national dialogue.
In what appears like a response to claims by their APC counterpart’s claims of steady progress, the PDP governors said, Nigeria has displaced India as the poverty capital of the world.
They also said leaders must strive harder to make sure that poverty is minimised in all parts of the country adding that the Buhari-led administration has plunged Nigeria deeper into the debt.
According to the PDP governors, it is disheartening that Nigeria’s external debt hit a 16 year high of $27 billion in December 2019, just higher than the $20.8 billion in external level as at 2005 when Nigeria exited from the club of its foreign creditors.
The governors added that Nigeria has also scored high on the global terrorism index, hence placing the nation in the league of countries deeply wrecked by terrorism such as Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, Syria among others.