The opposition party, Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) has questioned the source of the funds financing the Office of the First Lady, Aisha Buhari.
PDP in a statement released on Thursday accused the President of running an “extremely expensive” administration, asking him to cut down on cost of governance.
The opposition party also stated that there is no rationale behind the Office of the First Lady especially after he promised to scrap it
PDP Spokesman, Kola Ologbodiyan while reacting to the slashing of estacodes of Senior Government Officials, said Buhari continues to drain Nigeria’s valuable assets under the guise of reducing cost of governance.
According to Ologbondiyan: “While the PDP is still monitoring the implementation of directive to government functionaries on cost cut, the party tasks President Buhari to take the first step by immediately fulfilling his promise to reduce the Presidential fleet, as well as cut his over-bloated entourages and curtail the opulent lifestyle in the Presidency, which is daily flaunted before suffering and impoverished Nigerians.
“We invite Nigerians to note that the Buhari Presidency has proven to be extremely expensive and a major draining pipe for valuable resources, while millions of compatriots, who look up to government for solutions, wallow in hunger and acute poverty.
“The profligacy that permeates the Buhari Presidency had further manifested in the public fight between the First Lady, Aisha Buhari, and President Buhari’s nephews over issues of opulent accommodation in our presidential villa.”
“The failure to make the details of the Presidency budget public places a huge burden on the Buhari Presidency, particularly in the face of allegations of budgetary corruption and financial sleaze,” it said.
“Unless the Presidency budget is made public for Nigerians to see, any directive on cost cut remains cosmetic.”