Major opposition, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has charged the Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, to resign from his position immediately over a claim in his comment that the poor state of roads in the country is being exaggerated.
The PDP while asking the minister to apologise to Nigerians described the statement as unfortunate, especially coming from the minister, who “ought to be apologetic for the decrepit state of roads across the country since the last four years he has been minister.”
Kola Ologbondiyan, the PDP National Publicity Secretary, in a statement, on Friday, described Fashola’s statement as “a violent assault on the sensibility of over 200 million Nigerians and further demonstrates the disdain with which the Buhari administration holds our citizens who lost their lives and many more who daily undergo mental and physical torture using our dilapidated roads.”
The opposition party held that “the minister’s comment must be premeditated and reflects the official position of the Muhammadu Buhari-led All Progressives Congress (APC) administration, which has no regard for Nigerians and only thrives in propaganda and false claims to cover its failures in governance.”
According to PDP, “Every Nigerian knows that most of the major roads across the country are in sorry state and that traveling on our roads has become traumatizing and one of the highest life threatening experiences in our country since the last four years.
“The comment by the failed minister of works is therefore highly provocative and capable of invoking the anger of Nigerians, because it shows that either he has not been going through our roads and as such not in touch with reality or he has exposed himself as falsehearted official.
“Our party is, however, not surprised at such comment from the minister because the Buhari administration, in which he serves, thrives only in propaganda, blame game, excuses and false performance claims because it has nothing to offer.”