President Bola Tinubu’s New Year’s speech has drawn harsh criticism from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), which dubbed it a “harvest of deceit, false claims, and empty promises.”
This response comes after Tinubu’s address in which he recognised that recent economic decisions—such as the withdrawal of gasoline subsidies and the devaluation of the Naira—have frustrated Nigerians.
During his speech, President Tinubu acknowledged the difficulties that Nigerians faced and defended the policies his administration had put in place to avoid a financial crisis.
As a crucial step, he emphasised ending the gasoline subsidy that had been in place for decades.
Reacting to the speech, the PDP, through its National Publicity Secretary, Debo Ologunagba, described Tinubu’s address as uninspiring and failing to tackle critical national issues.
The party pointed out the President’s neglect of issues like insecurity, economic hardship, high inflation, and unemployment.
The PDP accused Tinubu’s administration of implementing policies that worsen the nation’s socio-economic situation.
The PDP further criticized President Tinubu for claiming that his actions were in the country’s best interest, alleging mismanagement of resources and a lack of concrete economic policies.
They accused the administration of prioritizing luxury and unnecessary foreign trips over national welfare.
The statement urged President Tinubu to provide a detailed account of national earnings, including those from the removal of the fuel subsidy, amid allegations of misappropriation.
The PDP also called on the National Assembly to exercise its oversight role more effectively to hold the executive accountable.