The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had yesterday accused President Muhammadu Buhari led federal government of surrendering Nigeria’s sovereignty to terrorists and bandits.
The party noted with dismay that under APC led federal government, bandits and terrorists have become emboldened because the government has failed to take them head on.
The PDP charged President Muhammadu Buhari to live up to his designation as commander-in-chief by leading from the front against bandits and terrorists ravaging the nation.
The national publicity secretary of PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan, who stated the position, claimed that the recent declaration by the immediate past Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Tukur Buratai, that under the current approach, it would take the nation 20 years to vanquish terrorists, is a direct hit on the president’s failure as a commander-in-chief.
In a statement he issued yesterday, Ologbondiyan alleged that the nation has descended to a level where government officials and other prominent Nigerians have resorted to begging and negotiating with terrorists, adding that such ugly reality of a failed state confirms that the Buhari administration has surrendered the sovereignty of the nation to bandits, insurgents and terrorists.
He said, “Moreover, the recent statement by the Minister of Defence, Gen. Bashir Magashi, that unarmed Nigerians should protect themselves in the face of armed aggression by bandits and terrorists, further exposes Buhari as a failed Commander-in-Chief, who cannot stand up to the demands of the designation of his office.
“It should interest Mr. President that a member of his cabinet has declared him ineffective as well as one who is incapable of commanding his parade and guaranteeing the safety of lives and property of our citizens.
“Even more depressing is the disposition of the Buhari Presidency to blame victims of terrorists’ attacks, as was in the case of the beheading of 43 compatriots in Borno state, instead of going after and apprehending the assailants.
“Such tendencies against Nigerians exposes the lack of determination by the Buhari administration to fight insurgents which, in turn, emboldens the outlaws who had earlier been pushed to the fringes under the PDP administration, to resurge to unleash terror on our compatriots.
“Nigerians have not forgotten the embarrassing situation where it took Chadian President Idris Deby to personally lead his troops into our territories to rout out insurgents and free Nigerian communities as well as our soldiers held captive by terrorists, while our President recedes into the comfort and safety of the inner recesses of the Aso Presidential villa”.