The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has mocked President Muhammadu Buhari’s performance at the meeting with the United States (US) President Donald Trump.
The party said that Buhari’s outing was embarrassing, arguing that he “completely failed” to project the economic interests of the country before the American government and the world.
PDP stated this in a statement by its national publicity secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, in reaction to Buhari’s meeting with Trump in Washington DC on Monday.
“It was alarming that President Buhari buckled in bilateral negotiation and failed to address the issue of the drop in the US purchase of our crude oil, which is the main stay of our economy.
“Nigerians and the business community were aghast when President Buhari could not market our crude oil to his American counterpart even when in the course of question and answer session, a leeway was provided for him, he off-handedly declared that he cannot ‘tell America what to do’.
“Also President Buhari had no answers to President Trump’s stance that the US has not been investing substantially in Nigeria owing to un-conducive economic climate under his administration, further confirming the stand of the PDP that the All Progressives Congress (APC) is running a moribund economy,” part of the statement.
PDP further described as more disturbing the revelation by President Trump that the US has been supporting Nigeria with the sum of $1 billion annually “whereas President Buhari, in his script, announced that Nigeria received only $500 million last year.”
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PDP added, “We had expected President Buhari, as the ‘African Champion on Anti-Corruption’, to immediately respond to President Trump on the whereabouts of the shortfall of $500 million.
“It is also inexcusable that President Buhari had no answers to the security situation of daily bloodletting and mass killings in Nigeria, which President Trump described as ‘horrible’. Instead, he restricted himself to his script, which was silent on the issue. By this, the American government has summarily indicted President Buhari’s government on its failure to ensure security of lives and property of citizens.
“On the whole, the visit surmises photo-ops of President Buhari in the White House in a bilateral session where President Trump was committed to marketing the US to the most populous black nation.”