The opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has accused President Muhammadu Buhari of announcing a wrong figures, with regards to the United States financial assistance to Nigeria.
The party said the visit was nothing but a photo-trip.
It pointed out that the yearly grant was not $500 million dollars but $1 billion dollars, contrary to Buhari’s declaration.
Kola Ologbondiyan, the party’s national publicity secretary stated this in a press statement he made available to newsmen in Abuja.
In his words, “More disturbing is the revelation by President Trump that the US has been supporting Nigeria with the sum of $1bn annually whereas President Buhari, in his script, announced that Nigeria received only $500m last year.
“We had expected President Buhari, as the ‘African Champion on Anti-Corruption’, to immediately respond to President Trump on the whereabouts of the shortfall of $500m.”
Not only was the PDP critical of Buhari’s alleged wrong declaration of the annual grant from the USA government, it also stated that the President “could not market our crude oil to his American counterpart even when in the course of question and answer session, a leeway was provided for him, he off-handedly declared that he cannot tell America what to do”.
“It was alarming that President Buhari buckled in bilateral negotiation and failed to address the issue of the drop in the US purchase of our crude oil, which is the main stay of our economy.”
PDP stated that it was inexcusable that President Buhari had no answers to the security situation of daily bloodletting and mass killings in Nigeria, which President Trump described as “horrible”.
The opposition party said Buhari restricted himself to his script, which was silent on the issue and stated that “by this, the American government has summarily indicted President Buhari’s government on its failure to ensure security of lives and property of citizens.”
PDP further explained that Buhari’s performance at the meeting with US President Donald Trump was embarrassing saying, he completely failed to project the economic interests of the nation before the American government and the world.
It added “on the whole, the visit surmises photo-ops of President Buhari in the White House in a bilateral session where President Trump was committed to marketing the US to the most populous black nation”.