The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP has begged FG to immediately respond to comments by the Chairman, Senate Committee on Army, Senator Ali Ndume, who recently said under-funding of the military is responsible for the continual insecurity challenges in Nigeria.
PDP revealed this recently via the national publicity secretary of the party, Kola Ologbondiyan.
According to him, the comments from Ndume are worrisome and it places a huge burden of explanation at the doorstep of the Buhari, who has failed on all fronts to secure our nation.
He added that it is distressing that President Muhammadu Buhari has failed to lead from the front as he promised before he was elected.
His words, “That Senator Ndume comment places a huge burden of explanation at the doorstep of the Buhari Presidency, which has failed on all fronts to secure our nation, leading to the escalation of banditry, insurgency, kidnapping and other acts of violence in various parts of our country.”
“The party says it is equally distressing that President Muhammadu Buhari had failed to lead from the front as he promised in addition to failure to heed the demands by Nigerians to change his service chiefs and inject new blood into the nation’s security architecture.
“The PDP, in berating Governor Masari expressed concerns that the governor resorted to playing politics with the lives of Nigerians in Katsina state by blaming imaginary political rivals when it is public knowledge that he knows the bandits and have been having dealings with them.
“The party however observes that Governor Marasi’s comments had also escalated public apprehension over his government’s alleged complicity in the banditry ravaging the state.
“Nigerians can recall that Governor Masari reportedly has some connections with the bandits and even held a much-publicized ceasefire agreement meeting with them in September 2019, where the bandits reportedly stated that their grievance was alleged maltreatment by authorities in Katsina state.
“Nigerians can also recall that Governor Masari, in June 2020, announced that his peace agreement with the bandits has collapsed because, according to him, the bandits breached the agreement which his administration had with them.
“Our party, therefore, urges Governor Masari to come clean on his connections with the bandits and stop pointing accusing fingers on imaginary political rivals, apparently to divert public attention from deeper issues relating to banditry in his state.
“The PDP urges security agencies not to be distracted by Governor Masari’s comments, which is ostensible to cover for his failures in ensuring security in the state.”