Nigeria main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has called on the country’s Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, to resign immediately and apologise to Nigerians.
The party wants Fashola to step down because of his comments that the terrible state of roads in Africa’s most populous country was being exaggerated.
Spokesman for the PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan, described Fashola’s statement as unfortunate, especially coming from the Minister of Works.
The party said that Fashola’s comment was a violent assault on the sensibility of Nigerians and further demonstrated the disdain with which the Buhari administration holds the citizens.
“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,” a statement from Ologbondiyan read.
“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.
“This is the same Minister who boasted that any responsible government should fix power within six months, only for the Buhari administration, with him as Minister supervising power, to turn around and wrecked the gains achieved by previous administrations.”