PDP demands full disclosure on Buhari’s London trip


Following reports that President Muhammadu Buhari will on April 9 depart Nigeria for the United Kingdom ahead of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, COGM meeting,  the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, as called on the Federal Government to immediately make public all issues relating to Buhari’s private visit to London.

The opposition party queried the Presidency for always shrouding issues around the President in secrecy, pointedly demanded a full disclosure on the scope, purpose, direct destination, duration as well as the cost and source of the funding for this undisclosed tourism.

PDP, in a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, said President Buhari was not a private citizen and therefore would not embark on private trips, wrapped in secrecy, since his upkeep was drawn directly from national resources and taxpayers’ money.

“While the PDP has nothing against Mr. President embarking on any trip, we insist that as the President of the Federal Republic, there must be full disclosures to Nigerians because the citizens deserve to know the purpose of the visit and the cost on the nation,” it said.

PDP said it was aware that President Buhari was billed to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, CHOGM, scheduled to take place between April 16 and 20, but stated that Nigerians were wondering why he was taking off to an undisclosed destination in London two clear weeks ahead.

PDP said: “We ask: Is President Buhari and his handlers hiding anything from Nigerians so much so that they cannot disclose the reason and duration of the so-called private visit?

“Nigerians are invited to note that this secret visit has a departure date but silent on the purpose, date and place of arrival.

“Today, our economy is hemorrhaging and the citizens are languishing because of the continued lack of accountability and total incompetence of the Buhari-led administration.

“The PDP insists that public officers at all levels, particularly the occupier of the office of the president, must be accountable, transparent and answerable in all their dealings at all times, especially under an administration that claims zero tolerance for corruption.”

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