The Nigeria main opposition the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) asks President Muhammadu Buhari to explain the source of funding for the office of his wife, Aisha Buhari.
The PDP in a statement on Thursday asked the President to explain the rationale behind the office despite his promised to scrap it.
The opposition described the current administration as expensive, advising the President to cut down the cost of running the government, particularly, within the Presidency and not through cosmetic means.
PDP was reacting to the recent order given by the President to senior government officials not including their travel itinerary.
The party spokesman Kola Ologbondiyan said the Presidency was draining the country valuable resources despite claiming to be cutting the cost of governance.
Ologbondiyan said: “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.”
Ologbondiyan said the President refused to release the details of the Presidency’s budget despite several requests by the opposition and Nigerians.
“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.”