Lai Mohammed, Nigeria’s minister of Information and Culture, has described the call for resignation of President Muhammadu Buhari by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, over the economy as “preposterous.”
Mohammed stated this on Friday, September 2, 2016, in Abuja at a forum with the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN.
“It is very painful in a situation where the armed robber is now the one sympathising with the victim,” Mohammed said.
“I read in the dailies that the PDP said that the President must resign because of the economy.
“While we are not going to indulge in blame game, I think we should also be honest enough to admit that we will not have been where we are today if they had done what they ought to do.
“For the party to ask the President to resign is just a big joke.”
The minister said that though the government was not interested in blame game, it was important to set the records straight.
“Agree that Nigeria is not the only country hit by the recession and crash in price of crude, but other countries made savings,” he said.
“Saudi Arabia today has about 600 billion dollars in reserve and this is by planning and saving for the future which the past administration failed to do during surplus.
“This is not about blaming other administration, but we believe that one should be honest when criticising.”
Mohammed then assured that the federal government would do everything possible to bring the country out of the current economic situation.
The PDP new media director, Deji Adeyanju called for President Buhari to resign for destroying the economy.
Adeyanju was reacting to the data released by the National Bureau of Statistics, NBS, issued on Wednesday, August 31, 2016, which revealed that Nigeria was in its worst recession in 29 years.