National Security

Banditry in Katsina: Stop empty lamentations, PDP’s Ologbondiyan tackles Gov. Masari

By Taiwo Adebowale

Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) National Publicity Secretary Kola Ologbondiyan has challenged Katsina State Governor Aminu Masari to quit his empty lamentations over persistent banditry in his state and be on the side of the people by boldly telling President Muhammadu Buhari and his All Progressives Congress (APC) Federal Government that they have failed.

Masari vs. Ologbondiyan

In a statement on behalf of his party, Mr. Ologbondiyan insists that anything short of Gov. Masari calling out President Buhari would be hypocritical.

For Ologbondiyan and his party, the governor is doing a great disservice to Katsina residents who have have become perpetual victims to the acts of terror perpetrated by armed bandits in the state, owing to the president’s incompetence and inability to secure the country, by not shedding his parochial politics to join other patriotic Nigerians in voicing out to President Buhari, the truth of his failures.

The PDP spokesman consequently cautioned the Nigerian President to either shape in or ship out.

He said: “It is indeed a distressing and colossal mark of failure that President Buhari’s home state, Katsina, is being taken over by bandits, who are now overrunning local governments, killing, raping, maiming and pillaging innocent citizens, while Mr. President, who promised to lead the fight against insurgency from the fronts, continues to recede deeper into the safety and comfort of Aso Rock Presidential Villa, Abuja.”

“It is totally upsetting that while Mr. President is busy with his unnecessary rhetoric in Abuja, bandits, according to Governor Masari, are having a field day in persistent attacks on 10 local government areas, killing and robbing innocent citizens on daily basis.

“While it is common knowledge that President Buhari has failed and especially, in his three-pronged focus of security, economy and anti-corruption, it is however regrettable that his administration could be so aloof, cold and unperturbed as bandits ravage our citizens in most states and particularly in Mr. President’s home state. What a failure!

“President Buhari and Governor Masari must know that there is no way history will be kind to them and their party, the APC, for their incompetence, insensitivity and failure in governance, which have brought so much devastation to our dear nation.

“The PDP for the umpteenth time calls on President Buhari to wake up to the responsibilities of his office, pick himself up and lead from the front in the fight against insurgents, in line with his campaign promise. He should either shape up or ship out.

“Our party however, urges Nigerians, especially the people of Katsina state not to resign to despondency over President Buhari’s failures, while charging our gallant troops to remain strong as we work hard to rescue our nation from the misrule of the APC, which has led to the escalation of woes in our country,” Mr. Ologbondiyan further stated.