Again and again, the major opposition party in Nigeria, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has accused President Buhari of failure to protect the lives and property of the people and also urged the current government to accept responsibility for the increasing wave of banditry and major crimes across the country, questioning the ability of the leading party, APC, to end the reign of terrorism in the country.
The National Publicity Secretary of PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan, emphasized the failure of President Buhari’s led government to build on the achievements of the PDP-led government in the fight against insurgency.
According to Mr. Kola;
“Before the APC came into power, the insurgents had been engaged and forced to retreat to the fringes. At the approach of the 2015 general elections, no local government was under the control of insurgents. The Federal Government has been lethargic in the fight against insurgency.
The inability and incapability of the Presidency to frontally face banditry and other vices is a big problem. The demeanor of President Buhari does not show a man who knows how to handle our beloved country,” he said.
Continuing, he stated that: “If the PDP government was in power up till this moment, it would have routed these bandits, terrorists, and criminal elements. I say this because Nigerians will recall that the PDP brought in mercenaries and when the PDP first mooted this idea, El-Rufai (Nasir) led APC to claim that we were bringing in people to come and kill opposition people. The government of PDP ignored that call and brought in mercenaries but as soon as they got into power, they chased them away.
You will recall also that Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno state recently urged the federal government to bring in mercenaries because there is a lack of trust and confidence in the fight against terrorism and banditry. If the mercenaries were allowed to stay, the story would have been different today”.
Speaking on bandits and banditry in the country, Mr. Ologbondiyan lamented, “banditry has become a business, a venture where people are making profit. This is beyond Boko Haram now. Do not forget that some of the bandits have made confessions that they were promised some things during elections but since the promises were not fulfilled, they are now out to make their money.”