Kola Ologbondiyan

THE Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Tuesday observed that President Muhammadu Buhari, in saying that he was unaware that the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, did not carry out his orders regarding the security situation in Benue state, has directly admitted running an incompetent, disorganized and uncoordinated administration.

The party said in a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, in Abuja that the president’s
explanation on the IGP was also an admission that he had handed over power to a cabal that neither sought for votes nor elected by Nigerians.

The party said President Buhari had irredeemably indicted himself adding that such unpardonable slipshod attitude to governance was directly responsible for his government’s wrecking of the nation’s once robust economy as well as other woes that have befallen our nation in his almost three years in office.

The president had said while meeting Benue State stakeholders in Makurdi on Monday on the recent killings attributed to herdsmen that he was not aware that the IGP disobeyed his order to relocate to the state to quell the killings.

PDP said the All Progressives Congress (APC) and supporters of the President should take their minds off the Aso Villa ahead of 2019 election now that their leader and the sole candidate had practically admitted his incompetence to run an effective government as desired by Nigerians.

The party criticized the President for trying to pass the buck to the IGP, a development which it said further exposed his lack of direct commitment and concern toward the wellbeing and security of Nigerians.

The opposition party added: “Nigerians have completely lost hope in President Muhammadu Buhari and his incompetent administration. By stating that he was unaware that the IGP only spent 24 hours in Benue state, Mr President has confirmed that he has not been effectively monitoring the handling of the security situation of our nation.

“This places a huge question mark on the regular assurances issued from the Presidency on security.

“For our party, PDP, the expression of President Buhari has once again vindicated our position that our nation has been placed on autopilot cruise with a cabal pretending to be managing our affairs.

“Indeed, Nigerians need to know; what exactly did President Buhari, as the Commander-in-Chief, do when he realized that the IGP did not carry out his orders? We demand a direct answer from the Presidency.

“The fact is that there is no sense of remorse by the government as the President himself spent only two hours in Benue state without visiting the victims or even making any direct policy statement on those behind the killings and how to forestall future bloodletting. Rather, in the character of this government, Mr President engaged in yet another blame game instead of facing issues.

“If the Presidency is not committed to monitoring critical issues such as security, then Nigerians are no longer in doubt as to why other sectors, particularly our once robust economy, had gone comatose under the Buhari administration.

“Moreover, Nigerians are miffed that while the wailings over these daily bloodletting are yet to abate, President Buhari is busy announcing his plans to return to Benue to seek for another round of votes.

“This shows clinically that Mr President is truly not aware that Nigerians have since abandoned him in his state of unawareness.

“Nigerians can no longer bear with a government that cannot give directions to officials and monitor it through; a government that is so inept that it lacks the elementary proficiencies to initiate and implement effective policies and programmes for national cohesion and development; a government that lacks the basic skills to internationally engage and run a virile economy.

“We have a government that was so careless, that it even had names of dead persons in the list of appointees to federal boards. What a tragedy!

“Again, we maintain that our nation has been on auto-drive under the APC and Nigerians cannot wait to end this nightmare come 2019.

“For us, in the PDP, the well-being of Nigerians and overall national cohesion will continue to remain paramount to us at all times, as we rally with the people on our repositioned platform ahead of the 2019 general elections.”

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