Opposition party condemns HSBC doomsday prophecy

Terver Dominic, Abuja


One of Nigeria’s opposition parties, Social Democratic Party SDP has condemned global financial institution, HSBC, over its doomsday prophecy for Nigeria.

HSBC reported that a second term under President Muhammadu Buhari would negatively affect Nigeria’s economy.

Reacting to the report, the National Secretary of SDP, Shehu Gabam says even though at the moment things are not right in Nigeria, predicting doom for the country if President Buhari is returned next year to lead is not right.

“I don’t want anybody to predict doom for my country, I don’t want to bring politics into that, suggesting in any way or manner that Nigeria would be doomed in Buhari’s second coming is not the best thing to say,” Gabam said.

Fixing challenges
He therefore, urged the Nigerian government to put the necessary strategies in place to fix the challenges facing the economy and bring to an end incessant killing of people by suspected herdsmen as well as armed bandits across the country.

“I know that the economy is doing very bad, the insecurity is also very bad, a lot of things are not functioning very well, but I know that as a nation we have the capacity to deal with that and I don’t want to be part of predicting doom for my country, I don’t have any other country except Nigeria.

“I believe in Nigeria, whatever problem we have, we shall fix, so I don’t want to believe in any international organisation saying my country would suffer doom if the present government comes back, every other country have their own challenges,” he stated.

The SDP National Secretary commended former Finance Minister, Kemi Adeosun for resigning over the saga surrounding the authenticity of her National Youth Service Corps, NYSC certificate.

He urged other ministers grossly under performing in office to follow in her footsteps by resigning.

“There is really nothing that I can tell you that is tangible that would warrant SDP to say she should be prosecuted but one thing we know is that there are allegations associated to her, I believe if the governing party is sincere it would be transparent on why she resigned.

“I learned she had been making some statements on why she left office, I have also read a lot of issues related to her in the press, but I want to salute her courage for resigning, I believe others who are grossly underperforming in office would follow her footsteps by resigning, it sets an example that once you goofed in office the most honorable thing to do is to resign,” he emphasied.

Gabam said his party was following all the events that led to the resignation of Adeosun and would make an official statement in due course.

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