SWITZERLAND, JUNE 23 – The opposition Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) has criticized president Muhammadu Buhari over the the demolition of the Nigeria Embassy in Ghana, saying it has further shown how the Buhari Presidency and the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC)’s incompetence has destroyed the respect and honour other nations had for Nigeria.
On the night of June 19, 2020, a bulldozer invaded the Diplomatic Premises of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in Accra, Ghana, and demolished buildings. In a strong warning, the House of Representatives said that Ghana must face the consequences of its actions and inactions.
In a statement issued on Tuesday and seen by Today’s Echo’ correspondent, the party said that the embarrassing situation in Ghana has again highlighted the poor rating of the Buhari Presidency by other nations,exposed its lack of capacity to exude our nation pride as well as its failure to meaningfully engage other world leaders on diplomatic issues.
The PDP described as disheartening, that since the incident, President Buhari and the APC have not demonstrated the littlest effort to preserve our nation’s integrity, beyond the tepid statements by our Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyema.
“Our party holds that the demolition of our nation’s embassy is a huge contempt, which the Buhari Presidency could have stopped through engagements at the highest level of diplomatic relations, but failed as a result of sheer incompetence and incapacity to articulate our national pride before other world leaders.”
According to the PDP, this situation has further explained why attacks on Nigerians and Nigerian interests in foreign lands had escalated under the Buhari administration, with Nigerians being harassed and killed in various parts of the world by assailants who take advantage of the incompetence and weaknesses of the current government in Nigeria.
The PDP said it particularly recalls how the Buhari administration exhibited unpardonable weakness and failed to protect innocent Nigerians who were being killed in violent xenophobic attacks in South Africa last year.
“The PDP therefore, calls on President Buhari to wake up both to his domestic and international responsibilities and save our nation from further embarrassing situations across the globe,” the party added.