Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), yesterday, berated President Buhari over the spate of insecurity across the country, lamenting that his administration has irretrievably failed the people.
Spokesperson for the party, Debo Ologunagba, at a press briefing claimed President Buhari was insensitive to the plight of Nigerians.
He spoke against the backdrop of the plight of victims of the Abuja/Kaduna train attack who in a video on Sunday were being flogged and dehumanised by terrorists who captured them on March 28.
“At such a time, in other climes, the president directly leads the charge and takes drastic measures to rescue and protect his citizen.”
Olagunagba said claims by the Presidency that President Buhari “has done all and even more than what was expected of him as Commander in Chief by way of morale, material and equipment support to the military…” is an admission of incapacity and failure by the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led Federal Government.
“Between 2020 and 2022 about 18,000 Nigerians have been killed by terrorists who continue to be emboldened by the failures and obvious complicity of the APC and to which the PDP had always drawn attention.This is not politics; this is about humanity and leadership, which leadership sadly and unfortunately is missing in our country at this time.”
On torture of the train attack victims, the PDP spokesperson said: “It is indeed heartbreaking to watch fathers, mothers, husbands, wives, brothers, sisters, helpless children, compatriots and citizens of Nigeria in captivity and being tortured, brutalised, humiliated and crying in pain, agony and anguish just because we have the misfortune of being under the All Progressives Congress (APC) government that have proven to be derelict, irresponsible, unconcerned and completely numb to the pains and sufferings of our citizens.
“The emotional toll of this sad incident on the victims, their families and the entire nation cannot be quantified, particularly on the younger generation who witnessed the humiliation of their parents and breadwinners in such gruesome circumstance. This will certainly have a generational consequence on the emotional and psychological makeup of our young persons with the possibility of losing faith in our nation and the capacity for empathy.
“Indeed, as a party, our hearts bleed! The APC government has irretrievably failed our nation. Under the APC, Nigeria is fast sliding into a Hobbesian State where rule of law, order and leadership are absent and where cruel, inhumane and insensitive bunch of human beings in government have abandoned our citizens to killers, terrorists and bandits.
“This disquieting video is a heartrending testament of the reported complicity and failure of the APC government to take decisive actions to rescue the victims since the gruesome train attack in which very promising Nigerians including a 29 years old female medical doctor was brutally killed and others taken captive by terrorists since then.
“It is a painful commentary on the continuing mass killing by terrorists in various parts of our country as well as a confirmation of the agony of hundreds of our citizens including students, who are being tortured and executed in countless terrorists’ dens enabled by the APC government.”
Ologunagba charged Nigerians, irrespective of political, ethnic and religious affiliations to come together, and resist the alleged “fascist-leaning tendencies” of the government. He said the only solution to the current security situation in the country is to hold the APC led administration accountable.