The All Progressives Congress (APC) on Sunday asked the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to explain to Nigerians how its immediate past administration handled the 2014 abduction of 276 Chibok schoolgirls.
The ruling party in a statement by the Deputy National Publicity Secretary, Yekini Nabena, said it was on record that the PDP government did nothing for two weeks after the Chibok schoolgirls abduction, dismissing it as a grand political conspiracy while the schoolgirls were continually held and their families suffered in anguish.
The party recalled how former British prime minister, David Cameron, in his book, “For the Record”, said the Goodluck Jonathan PDP government was “sleeping on the wheel” when the schoolgirls were abducted.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in a statement on Saturday’s rescue of a kidnapped American citizen in Nigeria by U.S. special forces, had decided to rubbish the nation’s security services constantly putting their lives on the line to ensure safety and security of Nigeria’s territorial integrity, the APC said.
APC further accused the PDP of playing politics with national security in its tired, baseless and dull attacks of the President Muhammadu Buhari government.
“While the PDP still refuses to take responsibility for the tragedy up till now, the same PDP government rejected the British offer to help in the rescue of the Chibok schoolgirls,” APC said.
The ruling party said combating terrorism and other emerging cross-border crimes required international collaborations and assistance when necessary.
It added that as Commander-in-Chief of Nigeria’s Armed Forces, President Buhari swore to a constitutional oath to protect the life and property of citizens.
APC said the President had consistently demonstrated that resolve throughout his administration.
“President Buhari’s reactions and actions after the similar and unfortunate Dapchi schoolgirls kidnapping was a pointer to how a responsive government should act,” the APC stated.