The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of Nigeria said it condemns, in the strongest possible term, the high level of insecurity, especially the audacity with which terrorists ravage the country unchallenged under the President Muhammadu Buhari-led All Progressives Congress (APC) administration, which it describes as rudderless.
In a statement issued in Abuja on Wednesday, July 6, by PDP National Publicity Secretary Debo Ologunagba, the party declared that the simultaneous terrorist attacks on the advance convoy of the President in Katsina State as well as the Correctional Facility in Abuja, the federal capital, underscore the collapse of the security command and control structure under the “failed, ineffective and uncoordinated” Buhari-led APC administration.
The former governing party stated that the terrorist attack on President Buhari’s convoy in his home State of Katsina as well as the ferocious invasion and the freeing of hundreds of terrorists and criminals from the Kuje Correctional Facility further confirm that Mr. President has lost control of the security of the country and that Nigerians are no longer safe under the APC.
It claimed that the escalated level of terrorist activities across the country has heightened apprehensions of complicity by the APC to open up our nation to more terrorist attacks with the view to stall the 2023 general elections.
The PDP further declared that the failure of the APC administration to act on the intelligence provided by the Directorate of State Services (DSS) which on Tuesday July 5, 2022 reportedly warned of an impending attack on the Kuje Correctional Facility gives credence to fears by Nigerians of complicity at very high level of the APC administration.
This, it said, is in addition to further reports that soldiers deployed to the precinct of the Kuje Correctional Facility and who had become familiar with the terrain were redeployed 24 hours before the terrorists attacked,”
The PDP demanded that the APC government should come clean on who ordered the reported redeployment of soldiers and who failed to act on the intelligence provided by the DSS.
“Nigerians can recall the public confession by the Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai at the wake of the bloody Abuja-Kaduna terrorist attack that the APC-led administration knows the whereabouts and the plans of the terrorists ravaging our nation but deliberately refused to act. Nigerians will also recall how APC leaders publicly romanced and paid money to terrorists.
“It is rather distressing that President Buhari appears helpless without any decisive and concrete steps taken to stem the tide of terrorist attacks in our country.
“Even more curious is that President Buhari continues to retain Mr. Isa Pantami as Minister of Communication and Digital Economy to head and coordinate this very critical sector in the fight against terrorism in our country in spite of Isa Pantami’s confession of affiliation to terrorists.
“With the sequence of events in the last 48 hours, it is clear to Nigerians that the APC government headed by President Buhari has failed in the basic purpose of government which is to secure life and properties of the citizens.
“Given the urgency of the security situation in the country, it has become imperative that President Buhari convenes an emergency Council of State meeting for a review of the prevailing dangerous security atmosphere in our country,” the PDP further stated.
The PDP also called on the National Assembly to pass a vote of no confidence in Isa Pantami and insist on his immediate removal as a minister. The National Assembly should also immediately summon the Security Chiefs for a thorough investigation on the circumstances resulting in the failure of the national security system.
The party finally urged Nigerian citizens to continue to be on the alert and keep hope alive as the APC administration, which it described as a nightmare, will be over by May 29, 2023.