Wednesday, October 16, 2019

‘It is irresponsible to remain on a private visit while your home burns’

PDP tells Buhari


The opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Thursday took a swipe at President Muhammadu Buhari, accusing him of abandoning his responsibility as the Chief Security Officer of the nation, for a ‘private visit’ in a foreign land while Nigeria burns.

The party urged Mr. Buhari to end his private visit to the United Kingdom and immediately return to Nigeria and address what it described as “the deteriorating security challenges in the country.”

National Spokesperson of the PDP, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan in a statement said “President Buhari’s inattention has emboldened insurgents and bandits to continue to over-run communities, unleash mayhem and bloodletting on citizens in Borno, Zamfara, Yobe, Adamawa, Gombe, Taraba, Kaduna, Benue, Kogi and other states of the federation, including Buhari’s home state, Katsina.

“Bandits are having a field day, pillaging communities in Katsina State; killing several persons and abducting the District Head of his hometown, Daura, Musa Umar; the father in-law of Mr. President’s security aide.”

Ologbodiyan also added, “Within this period, marauders invaded communities in Adamawa and killed no fewer than 26 innocent Nigerians; many more have been killed in Borno, Taraba, Benue and Zamfara states, where bandits also reportedly attacked Government Girls Secondary School, Moriki, and kidnapped some school girls.

“While the Buhari administration remains virtually nonchalant, kidnappers have taken over many of our major highways, with hundreds of compatriots held in captivity in forests along Kaduna-Abuja, Taraba-Katsina-Ala and other highways in the country.”

President Buhari who embarked on what his aides described as “Private Visit” is expected back in the country on May 5.

Meanwhile, there has been a fresh bandits attack in Zamfara where students and teachers of Government Girls Secondary School, Moriki in Zuru Local Government Area (LGA) of the State were abducted by criminals.

Residents of the area who spoke to BBC Hausa said the attack took place while some residents were watching the Champions League match between Liverpool Football Club of England and Barcelona Football Club of Spain.

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