- President Muhammadu Buhari's October 1 speech is still courting controversies as Enyinnaya Abaribe talked tough
- Amid the deteriorating state of the nation's economy, the lawmaker warned the president against endless blame on his predecessors
- According to the Abia lawmaker, Buhari is the president and he must always be ready for criticisms from Nigerians
Enyinnaya Abaribe, the Senate minority leader, has accused President Muhammadu Buhari of an alleged endless blame game, following his controversial October 1 address.
Legit.ng recalls that during his presidential speech marking the 60th anniversary of Nigeria's independence from the colonialists, Buhari had noted that the country's current woes were because those before him were nonchalant.
Although the president did not mention any name, he indirectly made reference to those who occupied the Aso Rock seat of power before him, including Olusegun Obasanjo and Goodluck Jonathan.
“Those in the previous Governments from 1999 – 2015 who presided over the near destruction of the country have now the impudence to attempt to criticize our efforts."
However, in a swift reaction, Abaribe who is representing Abia South senatorial district, said Buhari is fond of blaming other people instead of himself should there be any hitch in the country.
Speaking during a pre-recorded interview regarding Buhari’s Independence Day speech on AIT's The Signature Show, Abaribe maintained that Buhai is the president and it is high time he faced the reality instead of endless blames.
In his words:
“Anything that happens is him, otherwise, why are you president? I had asked this question on the floor of the Senate, that you blame all manners of people yet you don’t blame him, every other president was blamed.
"Even he himself continues blaming other presidents, but when it comes to him, he still blames other people and not himself.
"Even the vice president has admitted that there are so many fault lines that may lead to the breakup of the country if we are not careful. And you still turn around and say it’s not his fault, whose fault is it then."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the Senate was on Tuesday, September 29, thrown into an uproar as Abaribe kicked against the appointment into the National Pension Commission (PENCOM).
President Buhari, in a letter directed to the Senate, sought the approval of Aisha Umar from the northeast geopolitical region as the new director-general of PENCOM.
But Abaribe, in a point of order, kicked against the appointment of Umar, saying she came from the northeast in what clearly contradicted the act establishing the PENCOM.
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