The United Political Parties Coalition, CUPP, accused President Muhammadu Buhari of turning Nigeria into a joke, adding that nothing can be celebrated except pain, division, incompetence, banditry, tribalism, and hopelessness as the nation turns 59.
CUPP said the management style and incompetence of Buhari is a mockery of the attempts of the founding parents of the nation.
The political parties also stated in a declaration signed by their spokesperson, Ikenga Imo Ugochinyere, that Nigeria is now on the road to collapse if Buhari is not stopped by the judges of the Supreme Court.
The declaration added, “Having achieved independence from its colonial masters on October 1, 1960, Nigeria will celebrate its 59th anniversary of independence today, Tuesday, October 1, 2019.
“That event of 1960 was celebrated with fanfare because of the hope that it will usher in a new lease of life for the nation and its citizens.
“Nigerians and friends of the nation expressed the strong belief that independence would bring prosperity to replace poverty, peace to replace insecurity and joy to replace years of anguish and mourning.
“Many years down the line, especially 59 years after, the Coalition of United Political Parties regrets that the nation has again returned into bondage under the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.
“The Buhari administration that rode into power in 2015 on the promise of bringing change to the country has turned Nigeria into a huge joke among the comity of nations.
“Instead of positive change, the All Progressives Congress government has only succeeded in unleashing immeasurable pains, division, incompetence, banditry, tribalism, and hopelessness among other ills on Nigerians in full measure.
“For the nation’s 59th independence anniversary, there is indeed absolutely nothing to celebrate about.
“Buhari has so far displayed incompetence in administering this nation. His leadership style has rubbished all the efforts made by the nation’s founding fathers and past leaders to reposition the country for the benefit of all.
“At the moment, the nation’s economy is at its lowest ebb. There is an atmosphere of insecurity across the nation’s landscape. Terrorism, banditry, and kidnapping among others have become the order of the day.
“Under Buhari, the rule of law has been set aside as his administration chooses which court orders to obey and which ones to reject.
“The administration has inflicted fear on the Judiciary by harassing and arresting judges at will, therefore desecrating the temple of justice.
“Opposition parties note that if Nigeria continues in this same path under Buhari, the country is heading towards imminent collapse.
“We hope and pray that Justices of the nation’s Supreme Court will resist the siege placed on the judiciary by the present administration and do the needful on the appeal of the opposition presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, that is currently before them.
“The judiciary needs to stop Buhari if the country must move forward. The justices can rescue Nigeria from Buhari and stop it from collapsing.
“We assure Nigerians that true independence will come to them and the country under a better administration, and not under Buhari administration.”