The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Sunday said the swift operations by the United States to rescue her citizen held hostage by bandits on Nigerian soil had further confirmed that the Buhari Presidency could neither secure the territorial integrity of the nation nor arrest the wave of insecurity ravaging our country under its inept watch.
The party, in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, described the situation where the United State had to come on Nigeria soil to pull a rescue, as an international embarrassment and showed how low the Buhari Presidency had fallen in its failure to guarantee the safety of life and property in our country.
The main opposition party in the country said the fact that under President Muhammadu Buhari, bandits and abductors from neighbouring countries now freely crossed into our nation to use our soil as detention camps further showed the failure of his administration to secure our national borders and territorial integrity.
“It also shows that contrary to claims by the Buhari administration, parts of our country are still under the control of bandits and insurgents.
“It is indeed grossly disconcerting that under our Commander-in-Chief, a general, who had consistently promised to lead from the front, it took a foreign country to come on our soil to rescue their citizen, while hordes of our citizens are reportedly being held, tortured and killed in various kidnappers’ and insurgents’ dens in various parts of our nation.
“Our party recalls that earlier in April, Nigeria was equally embarrassed by reports of how the Chadian President Idris Deby, personally led his troops to rout out insurgents and freed Nigerian territories and soldiers held captive by terrorists in northern part of Borno state, while our leaders recede into the safety and comfort of Aso Presidential Villa,” PDP said.
The party further stated that the fact that other countries with competent and determined leadership had successfully dislodged and vanquished bandits on Nigeria soil highlighted the incompetence, lack of honesty and want of will power on the part of the Buhari administration to effectively secure our nation.
“The exploits of these countries on our soil only go to show that the bandits, vandals, kidnappers, insurgents are not invincible but have been allowed to take hold of our nation due to the failures of the Buhari administration.
“Such failures had dragged our nation down to rank as the third country with the highest level of terrorism, after Iran and Afghanistan, according to 2019 Global Terrorism Index rating by the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP).
“Our party believes that the latest experience will compel President Buhari to accede to widespread demand by Nigerians to rejig his security architecture as well as replace his service chiefs with more competent hands to effectively tackle insecurity challenge facing our country,” it stated.
The party also commended and said it immensely valued the courage and sacrifices of the gallant troops who were daily risking their lives in the front to safeguard the nation against the insurgents despite the challenges they faced.
It also charged all Nigerians to remain vigilant and continue to pray for the nation at this trying time.