The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has told President Muhammadu Buhari that Nigerians expect him to do much more than just reducing his salary.
The PDP also accused the All Progressives Congress (APC) of over-dramatizing Buhari’s achievements.
The comments were made on Tuesday, July 14, 2015, via a statement released by PDP National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh.
“It is incontrovertible that instead of focusing on the promises you made to Nigerians and on policy thrusts that will move our economy forward, the ruling party has been made to be very high on propaganda, deceitful engagement and cosmetic governance.”
“We believe you should extricate yourself from these agents of propaganda who continue to believe that Nigerians would be swayed by these cosmetic interventions instead of the real business of government.”
“As the leader of the most populous black nation in the world, we believe you should not allow your Presidency to be pushed into the gimmicks of playing to the gallery and attempting to use the dramatization of promissory notes and pledges by foreign interests, false and premature claims of victory against insurgency.”
“The dramatization of salary cut and rejection of official cars, were done to gain cheap popularity and create an impression that the government is on course when in actual fact the new administration has not been able to locate its bearing since its inauguration in May.”
“While we appreciate the symbolic gesture by Mr. President in ‘cutting’ his N14m annual basic salary by 50 per cent, it should be noted that Nigerians would not be swayed by the N7m annual donation and rejection of official cars, and forget their expectations for the implementation of his long list of campaign promises for which he was elected into office.”
The President and Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo announced on Friday, July 10, that they would only accept 50 per cent of their regular salaries.