The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, on Tuesday accused President Muhammadu Buhari of being insensitive to the plights of Nigerians for not visiting Dapchi, Yobe State, since about 110 schoolgirls were abducted last week Monday.
It stated that rather than visiting troubled parents of the abducted students, the President has opted to feast with chieftains of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, at the Presidential Villa.
Recall that since the Boko Haram sacked the Yobe school and whisked away 110 girls, the President has yet to visit the area himself, though he had sent various officials to carry out on-the-spot assessment of the situation.
Speaking in a statement through its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan in Abuja, the country’s main opposition party said it is high time Buhari demonstrated the leadership qualities he promised Nigerians during his campaign promises.
The party alleged further that despite the security challenges confronting the nation and the killings of innocent citizens, the president and his party have been occupied with plans to win the forthcoming 2019 elections.
According to the party, “President Buhari has completely reneged on his assurances, before his election, to be a father to all and to lead the fight against insurgency from the fronts.
“Nigerians are worried that he has now allowed himself to be holed in the safety and luxury of the presidential villa while citizens are being slaughtered and taken captives by marauders and insurgents.
“Nigerians are shocked that the presidential mandate of protecting lives has now been reduced to a cosmetic dispatching of ministers and persons with no knowledge of security, on mere fact – finding missions, while machinery for proactive security measures are left unattended .
“Today, Nigerians are daily slaughtered and taken as captives because those who have the direct mandate to protect them are more interested in 2019 re -election ambition while the citizens are left to whatever fate befalls them.
“Painfully, Nigerians are yet to see any concrete action taken by the Buhari Presidency to apprehend the perpetrators of the gruesome killings in Benue , Taraba , Zamfara , Adamawa , Borno, Plateau , Nasarawa and Yobe , among other states , where our citizens are being hacked down by marauders and insurgents.
“They are yet to see any step so far taken, outside empty promises , to end or even reduce the carnage. ”