The major opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party has rebuked the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) and his ruling party All Progressives Congress for their failure in quick responsive to the insecurity high rate in Nigeria.
This was emerging due to the president’s failure to address the abduction of eight Assistant Superintendents of Police by bandits while on their journey to Zamfara Police command but was quick to deliver his speech on the Governor, David Umahi’s defection to the APC
It was reported that the bandits kidnapped the eight ASPs in Katsina State over a week ago and demanded N100m ransom for their freedom.
It was learnt that the families of the victims are currently in an hurry to raise the N500,000 which was reduced to in order to secure the release of each of the cops.
The ASPs were among the nine, who were recently promoted to their current rank and were attached to the Mobile Police Squadron 6, Maiduguri, Borno State.
The eight were on their way to the Zamfara State Police Command on transfer but were ambushed in the Dogondaji area of Katsina State and taken into the forest.
The National Chairman of the PDP, Uche Secondus, in his address to the National Executive Committee of the party in Abuja, on Thursday, stated that the president failed to do anything till security situation in the country got complicated.
Secondus said, “Your Excellences, great leaders of our party, before the COVID-19 lockdown, our country was already going through some socio-political and economic challenges arising from poor governance delivery by the ruling All Progressives Congress.
“The security problem of the country has refused to abate; instead, it has multiplied with no clear solution in sight. President Muhammadu Buhari, under whose watch the situation got worse and complicated, has remained clearly helpless and incapable of providing the needed leadership.”
Secondus while lamenting on the slow response by the President concerning the Nigerian youths demands during the #EndSARS protests last month, stated that , “It took President Muhammadu Buhari almost two weeks of persuasion and cajoling from many Nigerians, including the Senate, before he agreed to address the nation on the issue after the damage was already done, youths killed by security agencies and property destroyed.
“The protests opened a fresh dimension in the government/citizen relationship and underscored the fact that some fundamental actions are needed to get our polity going on the right track.”
He also commented on the rising debt profile and borrowing rate in the country, adding that corruption would make it difficult for the borrowed fund be utilised effectively as Buhari’s regime couldn’t pay 428 agencies workers their November salaries.
He said, “At the last count, Nigeria’s debt profile is over N31tn; a lot of it is misappropriated. While borrowing in economics is not bad, it depends on what the borrowed resources are being channelled into.
“With the unprecedented corruption in the system under the APC’s watch, it will be difficult to see these borrowed funds properly deployed. Amidst the frightening insecurity in the country accompanied by mass killings that have set fears in the people, what you get from the government is multiple tariffs – electricity, VAT, fuel hike and more – with its operatives indulging in lies and propaganda.”