The administration of Muhammadu Buhari has accused the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of trying to inflame ethnic and religious tensions in Nigeria vis-à-vis the herder–farmer conflicts.
The Presidency in a recent statement by Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to President Buhari on Media and Publicity, obtained by POLITICS NIGERIA also said international allies refused to supply Nigeria kit and military aid during the PDP’s 16-year rule.
Looking back on the PDP years, it said: “We cannot forget under the PDP, the nation had an army full of phantom soldiers whose pay went to PDP politicians’ pockets while our under-resourced real soldiers died in the fight against terrorist insurgents and our international allies refused to supply Nigeria kit and military aid.
“We cannot ignore how the PDP politicians sought—and continue to seek—to inflame ethnic and religious tensions by refusing to even proffer a solution to the herder-farmer clashes which became most prevalent under their misrule.
“We will always remember how the PDP politicians intentionally encouraged and exploited the black market in currency exchange to convert ill-gotten gains to foreign currency and undermine our national currency, then spirited their funds abroad in their billions and into foreign bank accounts.”