From Kelechi Opara, Abuja
The Labour Party (LP) has taken a swipe at the newly inaugurated Nigerian President, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu over his inaugural speech, describing it as hollow and lacking in tangible solutions for the numerous issues facing the country.
Acting National Publicity Secretary of the party, Obiora Ifoh in a statement on Monday said Tinubu only exposed the shallowness and policy incongruity of his administration.
The statement further frowned at the speech as President Tinubu took time to eulogize the election that brought him to power despite the several court cases that trailed the exercise.
“First, the President described the election that brought him to power as tough but fairly won. He also said that today was the proudest day of his life.
“However, we consider that speech as defective in many ways. Late President Umaru Yar’Adua, recall, on the inauguration of his government did state that the election that brought him to power was flawed and imperfect but he promised that he was going to fix the electoral system.
“But today, Nigerians were aghast with the boldness and glee with which Tinubu declared his election as fair. We consider this audacity as a slap on the faces of millions of Nigerians who voted their conscience but were robbed by a collective power of state institutions and brute brigandry unleashed on them.
“Nigerians will not forget in a hurry that unction by the then presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Tinubu to ‘grab power and run with it’, a directive that was effected on the February 25 election day”.
According to the LP, what was witnessed at the inauguration was a celebration of lies and deceit, say that it explains why the streets were like grave yards with no pomp and pageantry usually associated with a major feat like the inauguration of a new government.
Again, Labour Party said while campaigning they told Nigerian that if given the privilege to preside, they will among other things change the economy from consumption to production and provided tangible ways to achieve that policy.
“But listening to President Tinubu reading a speech believed to have been penned by his team, it became obvious that we are returning to the 2015 era where we had great expectations but without any means achieving them.
“In the last eight years, Nigerians were constantly feed with the narratives that the previous government of the PDP brought the economic and political calamity upon the nation. In all those years, the Buhari government made little or no effort to improve upon these challenges. Nigeria is again about to be confronted with similar scenario, if not a worse scenario”.
The party then called on the people of Nigeria not to allow the government of the APC toil with their destiny again as it did in the last eight years of former President Muhammadu Buhari.