The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to halt the feasting with the All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftains, in Aso Villa and show leadership by visiting Dapchi, Yobe state, to get a first hand information on the circumstances surrounding the abduction of the 110 school girls under his watch.
“The party therefore plead with President Buhari to show leadership by immediately calling off his feasting in the Presidential Villa and take that bold step to visit Dapchi, where a soothing word from him will be a balm for the distraught community,” said Kola Ologbodiyan, Spokesperson of PDP in a statement on Tuesday.
The party noted that the visit would help President Buhari bridge the disconnect between him and Nigerians, who daily lament the aloofness of their leader.
The PDP said it was disheartening that while the parents of “our abducted daughters are wailing,” the President and his APC leaders were busy feasting in the Presidential Villa and plotting their bound-to-fail 2019 re-election campaign.
“President Buhari has completely reneged on his assurances, before his election, to be a father to all and to lead the fight against insurgency from the fronts”.
“Nigerians are worried that he has now allowed himself to be holed in the safety and luxury of the presidential villa while citizens are being slaughtered and taken captives by marauders and insurgents.
“Nigerians are shocked that the presidential mandate of protecting lives has now been reduced to a cosmetic dispatching of ministers and persons with no knowledge of security, including those known to be falsifying performance indices, on mere fact-finding missions, while machinery for proactive security measures are left unattended”. He said
Continuing, the PDP spokesman said “Today, Nigerians are daily slaughtered and taken as captives because those who have the direct mandate to protect them are more interested in their ill-lucked 2019 re-election ambition while the citizens are left to whatever fate befell them”.
“Painfully, Nigerians are yet to see any concrete action taken by the Buhari Presidency to apprehend the perpetrators of the gruesome killings in Benue, Taraba, Zamfara, Adamawa, Borno, Plateau, Nasarawa and Yobe among other states where our citizens are being hacked down by marauders and insurgents,” Ologbondiyan further stated lamenting that Nigeriand “are yet to see any step so far taken, outside empty promises, to end or even reduce the carnage”.
“Most appalling is the fact that while the parents of our 110 abducted Dapchi daughters are still wailing and insurgents driving into deeper recesses, the President and his partymen are busy feasting in the Presidential villa and plotting their 2019 campaigns; of course, with funds meant for the wellbeing of the people and our nation,” he said.
The PDP spokesman stated that “Indeed, this President Buhari-led and discredited APC-controlled Federal Government holds Nigerians in total disdain.This administration is completely insensitive to the plight of the people and it is not a surprise that majority of Nigerians are more than prepared to reject them at the polls come 2019”.