The current crisis of security in Nigeria today is self-inflicted, resulting from the importation of foreigners into the country to rig the 2019 presidential election in favour of President Muhammadu Buhari.
This was the position of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), as it accused the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), of desperation to retain power by all means, in spite of its abysmal performance in its first term.
It came as the opposition party weighed in on Friday’s abduction of girls of the Government Secondary School (GSS), Jangebe in Zamfara State, nine days after 27 students and 12 staff of the Government Science College (GSC), were kidnapped on February 17.
The party while condemning the incident, insisted Buhari and the APC must be held responsible for the total collapse of security in the country, adding that the President must wake up from slumber and deal decisively with the escalated scourge.
Lamenting what it called “the terrifying spate of abduction and acts of terrorism in the country,” the party said it validated its concerns that the APC and its administration had become bereft of solutions to the escalated insecurity under their watch.
“Our party demands immediate full scale investigation into this particularly abduction given some worrisome reports going round in the public space,” the party, said in a statement signed by its spokesman, Kola Ologbodiyan.
The statement, added: “The PDP is further alarmed by the current situation wherein outlaws have turned the kidnapping of innocent school children and other vulnerable citizens for ransom, into a lucrative business following the lethargic approach and compromises under the Buhari administration in the fight against terrorism in our country.
“Only last week, gunmen had a field day invading communities after communities in Niger state, killing and maiming our compatriots after which they descended on Government Secondary School Kagara where they killed a student and abducted 40 others alongside their teachers.
“In December, just two months ago, the nation was jolted when gunmen invaded President Buhari’s home state, Katsina, at the time he was holidaying in the state and abducted over 600 students of the Government Science Secondary School, Kankara.
“Indeed, our party weeps over the unfortunate situation that our nation is being plunged into by the incompetent, deceptive and uncoordinated APC and its administration that not only caused the escalation of acts of terrorism in our country but also failed to run an effective command structure to secure the nation.
“The PDP had earlier alerted of a link between the APC and the outlaws. It is unpardonable that the APC has failed to rein in their bandits, who they brought from neighboring countries to help them to muscle the 2019 election. Instead, they had allowed them to continue to invade our communities and wreck havoc on our people.
“The party therefore charges President Buhari to step out of the Aso Rock presidential villa and ensure the immediate rescue of the abducted students. Mr. President should also do the needful, as the commander-in-chief, to put an end to this high level insecurity under his watch, before our nation is consumed in his hands.
“The PDP identifies with the families of the abducted children as well as the victims of the worsened insecurity occasioned by the failures of the Buhari administration and urge all Nigerians to remain alert, strong and not resign to despondency.”
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