FOLLOWING the report of another impending trip to the United Kingdom (UK) by President Muhammadu Buhari, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has demanded that the Presidency immediately make public all issues relating to the “so-called private visit.”
In a statement by National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan in Abuja on Wednesday, the party, which 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.
It reminded the Presidency that President Buhari was not a private citizen and cannot embark on private trips, wrapped in secrecy, since his upkeep draws directly from national resources and taxpayers’ money.
It said while the PDP has nothing against the President embarking on any trip, it will 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 added: “We know that Mr President is billed to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) scheduled to take place between April 16 and 20, but Nigerians are wondering why he is taking off to an undisclosed destination in London two clear weeks ahead.
“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 haemorrhaging and the citizens are languishing because of the continued lack of accountability and total incompetence of the Buhari-led administration.”
The PDP insisted 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.