…Insists on new service chiefs
By Dirisu Yakubu, Abuja
The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has condemned the recent abduction and killing of security operatives by terrorists, urging President Muhammadu Buhari to go the whole distance to put an end to all forms of killings across the country.
The PDP gave the charge, Monday in a statement issued by its spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan.
The main opposition party lamented that the escalated acts of terrorism in the country, “now worsened by the incessant attack on security operatives, the latest being the abduction of no fewer than 18 police operatives by bandits in Kaduna state, further highlights the failures of Mr President to coordinate an effective fight against terrorism in our country.”
The statement further read: “Our party, as the voice of the people, tasks President Buhari to show concern to the plight of Nigerians who are being ravaged by terrorists, bandits, kidnappers and vandals whose activities have been emboldened by the indolent and languid attitude of his administration, including its recent dismissive statement to Nigerians to “wait on God” for a solution.
“President Buhari should listen to Nigerians and rejig his command structure, which has become so weak that officials now rationalize acts of terrorism to the extent of blaming victims, as was the case in the 43 farmers recently beheaded by terrorists in Borno state.
“The situation has become so bad that it took Chadian President, Idris Derby to personally lead his troops into our territories to root out insurgents and free Nigerian communities and our soldiers held captive by terrorists.
“It is indeed unfortunate that despite the manifest security lapses, Mr President has refused to respect the consensus by Nigerians across the board, as validated by the two chambers of the National Assembly to rejig his security architecture, by replacing his service chiefs with more competent hands.
‘The PDP calls on President Buhari to demonstrate a sense of responsibility to the duties of his office in the interests of vulnerable Nigerians who are daily falling victim to bandits, terrorists and kidnappers prowling the land.
“Mr. President must know that Nigerians have become despondent due to his failure to provide leadership to our troubled nation.
“Our party, however, identifies with the police and other security agencies at this trying time and urge them not to be deterred.
“The PDP also call on Nigerians to continue to be at alert and not to relent in providing useful information to our security agencies in the fight against terrorism in the country.”