State Governors of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Thursday, June 17, criticised the current spokespersons of the Presidency for misrepresenting the position of President Muhammadu Buhari.
The PDP Governors Forum, in a statement signed by its Director-General, Hon. C.I.D. Maduabum was responding to a statement issued by presidential spokesperson Garba Shehu who responded to a communique put out by the Forum on Monday.
According to the Thursday statement, Mr Shehu’s response had been “poorly worded” and was also “pedestrian.”
The PDP Governors lambasted Mr Shehu’s views on revenue remittance by the NNPC and also the state of Nigeria’s foreign exchange market.
They also tackled him on his position on the ongoing Twitter ban in Nigeria, the administration of mining across the country; as well as the role of local governments in national development.
“There is no doubt that President Buhari’s spokespersons are his greatest undoing as a President,” the PDP Governors said. “They do not represent or position him well.
“The PDP Governors’ Forum Communique in Uyo was patriotic, well thought out, and also offered solutions to the myriad of problems facing the nation. Mr President and the APC-led Federal Government should listen.
“It is even more shocking for the PRESIDENCY as an institution to embody the desecration of our Constitution in such a flippant; brazen as well as unserious manner as portrayed by the presidential spokesman.
“Perhaps the most insensitive is on the issue of Twitter suspension. How can a presidential spokesman be so tone-deaf? He is unable to see the grave assault of Freedom of speech embodied therein. And he doesn’t see the need to motivate our youths. He trivialises serious matters of state. It is very unfortunate.
“He repeats his assault on the sensibility of Nigerians in the way he addresses the Herder – Farmers conflict. Calling the legitimate request for ramping up ranching; as a denial of the right of Nigerians to live and work anywhere in Nigeria; is perhaps the most illogical of the entire response.”