The Peoples Democratic Party in the South-West has congratulated the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), on his 78th birthday with the notice that God kept him alive to attain the age so that he could consider seeking for forgiveness and do redress.
The congratulatory message was contained in a statement on Wednesday by the PDP Zonal Director of Media and Publicity, Lere Olayinka.
The party urged the president to use the moment of his 78th birthday to seek forgiveness for the sins he committed against the people of the South-West Nigeria.
The Opposition party advised the president rather than going about celebrating in the midst of his own people, seek forgiveness to the northern part of the country whose over 300 children are being held captive by terrorists.
It said, “God must have kept him so that he can have enough time to ruminate over his past misdeeds and seek restitution.
“He frustrated the progress of the the South-West, abandoned the region when he was Chairman of the Petroleum Trust Fund under late General Sani Abacha and has done nothing for the region since 2015.
“The Metroline project was scrapped by Buhari at a loss of over $78 million to the Lagos tax payers. If Buhari had not cancelled that project, transportation in Lagos would have been better than it is now.”
The PDP also listed the alleged sins Buhari committed against the people of the South-West especially when he was the Military Head of State.
The statement read in part, “It is on record that in 1984, he impounded the Nigerian passport of the late sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo and prevented him from visiting his doctors at Mayo Clinic, Rochester Minnesota, USA. The passport was only returned to him with courtesies by General Ibrahim Babangida in 1985. It was however too late as Awolowo died in 1987!
“It is also on record that with President Buhari’s directive, Chief Olabisi Onabanjo was abducted by military men while recuperating from a surgical operation at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital. He was sent to Bauchi prison.
“President Buhari sent our notable leaders like Onabanjo, Jakande, Chief Michael Ajasin, Bola Ige, Chief Bisi Akande and others to jail for committing no offense other than showing commitment to the development of the region and welfare of the people.
“Curiously, in April this year, when he was granting state pardon to those he sent to jail as military Head of State, the President did not remember to extend this pardon to Chief Bisi Akande, despite being his party man and one of those who ensured his electoral victory in 2015 and 2019.
“Therefore, Mr. President, as you celebrate your 78 birthday, take heed to this wise counsel and seek forgiveness from the Almighty Allah (Subhanahu wa ta’ala) and the people you have caused untold sufferings, especially those in the South-West.”