The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has condemned the continuous killing of Nigerians in avoidable bloody clashes in various parts of the country, particularly the preventable skirmishes between the police and protesters in Abuja, the nation’s capital on Monday.
This was contained in a statement signed and released to the media on Tuesday, July 23, by the party’s spokesperson, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan.
The PDP said it is heartbroken that the misrule of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led All Progressives Congress (APC) administration has gradually turned various parts of Nigeria, including the country’s capital, into arenas of violence and bloodletting.
The party said it is particularly saddened by the death of an innocent National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) member, attached to the Channels TV, 23 years old Mr. Precious Owolabi, who was shot during the Monday bloody clash between the police and protesters in Abuja.
“Indeed, our hearts reach out to his family at this moment of grief.
“The killing of Mr. Owolabi, as well as the avoidable deaths of other compatriots, including a Deputy Commissioner of Police, is indeed another sad commentary on the irreplaceable losses and anguish families in Nigeria have continued to bear under the APC,” the party stated
The PDP also stated that it holds that President Buhari has not demonstrated enough capacity and commitment to effectively manage Nigeria’s national affairs and put measures in place to ensure a stable, united, equitable and secured country.
“Also, the APC has shown that it is completely unpatriotic and only out to destabilize our nation for its selfish reasons,” the party added.
The PDP said it therefore calls on all Nigerians of good faith to explore necessary avenues available in a democracy and the 1999 Constitution (as amended) to raise a voice of lamentation on the state of our nation under the misrule of the APC.
“Certainly, no nation can thrive under an atmosphere of persistent violence, bloodletting and siege mentality on the citizenry,” PDP declared.
The PDP further stated that “had President Buhari indeed, given the littlest consideration to the continuous wise counsel by well-meaning Nigerian leaders, including former presidents, as well as international bodies, the security challenges confronting our nation would have been reduced to the barest minimum”.
The PDP said it therefore, charges President Buhari to listen to the voice of reason, arise and take immediate steps that would put to an end to the violence ravaging the country.
The PDP added that, in the same vein, the APC must end all its manifest anti-people tendencies, noxious body language and all acts that promote impunity and lawlessness in the land.
The PDP further added that it therefore calls on the National Assembly, “as true representatives of the people”, to immediately rise to the occasion by taking urgent legislatives steps to unravel how the Monday protest led to the death of yet to be ascertained number of Nigerians.