PDP mocks, berates Buhari for cancelling trip to Zamfara State - Insecurity
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Friday berated President Muhammadu Buhari for cancelling his planned visit to troubled Zamfara State.
This was expressed in a statement by Hon. Debo Ologunagba, National Publicity Secretary of the party.
Press recalls that the president suspended his trip to the state because of bad weather.
But, the opposition PDP dismissed Buhari's excuse when he had the option of making the short trip from Sokoto to Gusau by road.
“We ask, did Mr President cancel the trip to Zamfara State out of fear of terrorists? Was Mr President, an Army General, with all the security apparatus under his command afraid to travel by road because he was not sure of his security as well as the dilapidated state of our roads under his watch?” The statement queried.
According to the statement, from Sokoto to Gusau, the Zamfara State capital is about 206 kilometres.
He said, “Buhari ought to have reassured Nigerian People by travelling to Gusau, instead he opted for a video broadcast in which he promised the troubled people of the state that he looks ‘forward to a more weather-friendly period when I will visit’.”
It described the message as another sad demonstration of the President leading from behind against his own promise and commitment to Nigerian People to lead from the front in the fight against terrorism.
“If truly the people matter to Mr President and his Party, the APC; if truly Buhari and the APC believe in Nigerian People and feel their pains; if truly they are very concerned about the wellbeing of the people, then Mr President would have taken it upon himself, with all the apparatus of power at his disposal, to visit and empathize with the people of Zamfara State who are daily traumatized by terrorists,” it said.
According to the statement, such attitude to governance speaks volumes as to why Nigeria is in a shambolic state under the Buhari-led administration.
He said the party is not particularly surprised because the All Progressives Congress (APC), along with Buhari, is always absent in critical areas of our national life.
“Nigerian People have not forgotten the sad episode of the Agatu Massacre in Benue State wherein Buhari, on March 12, 2018, told a bewildered nation that he was not aware that the Inspector General of Police was not in the area as directed by him.
“In Mr President's words, "I'm not aware that the I.G did not spend 24 hours in the state as directed by me, I am getting to know in this meeting." Such was a miserable demonstration of abdication of leadership.
“Indeed, such resort to leadership by proxy is inexcusable and completely unacceptable. Our nation needs a leadership that is active, people-oriented, humane, functional and result-driven; a task which the APC as a party of propaganda, deceit and lies cannot deliver on,” the statement read in part.
The PDP sympathized with the people of Zamfara State for being made to waste their meagre resources to organize for a Presidential visit only to get an embarrassing and uninspiring video broadcast.
The party however called on Nigerian People not to despair but “remain resolute in rallying on the platform of our party in our mission to rescue and rebuild our nation from the stranglehold of misrule”, adding that, they must keep hope alive as help is on the way from the PDP, come 2023.
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