The presidential flag bearer of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, has challenged President Muhammadu Buhari to a debate over issues affecting the country.

The former Vice President, in a statement issued by his campaign organization in Abuja on Wednesday, noted that the All Progressives Congress (APC) had been “very idle of late, which explains their abandonment of the vital duties of running the government in order to focus on hurling insults and false accusations” on the PDP Presidential candidate.

The statement said: “To give Nigerians the answers they want, we urge the Buhari Campaign Organisation to take the #BuhariChallenge and answer the following questions.”

“Name one project initiated, started and completed in the last three years by the Buhari administration.

“Name one youth in President Buhari’s cabinet.

“Name one campaign promise President Buhari has kept.

“Name one Southerner heading a National Intelligence Agency under Buhari.

“Name one terrorist arrested, tried, convicted and imprisoned by the Buhari administration.

“Name one Buhari government official arrested, tried, convicted and imprisoned by the Buhari administration over their many budget padding scandals.

“Name one member of the Buhari administration fingered in corruption that was fired, arrested and currently facing trial.

“Name one former President or Head of State that has not been blamed by President Buhari for the precarious state of the economy he led us into.

“Name one year that Nigeria’s GDP grew faster than her population under Buhari (for 16 years of PDP administrations, Nigeria’s GDP always grew faster than population growth).

“Name the initiatives the Buhari government has put in place to address Nigeria being named the world headquarters for extreme poverty under Buhari.

“Name the date the Ogoni cleanup will begin.

“Name what President Buhari has done with the ₦13 trillion loans he has taken in 3 years (compared to the ₦6 trillion borrowed by the PDP in 16 years).

“Name the real owners of the Ikoyi Apartment billions.”

According to the presidential flag bearer, “these are the issues the Nigerian people want to hear about, not insults from a Presidency and a party that have spent three years in office only to preside over Nigeria’s first ever recession in 25 years.”