Resign if you can’t secure Nigeria – PDP tells Buhari

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) caucus in the House of Representatives has advised President Muhammadu Buhari to resign if he cannot secure the country from bandits, terrorists, kidnappers, and other criminal elements.

Leader of the caucus, Hon. Kingsley Chinda disclosed this in a statement he signed and issued on Wednesday.

The PDP caucus said that Nigeria has been seized by hostage-takers, bandits and terrorists – who extract ransom demands on the poor and impoverished citizens and turn homesteads, hamlets, villages, towns and cities into killing fields.

According to the caucus, the president has displayed “complete incapacity to arrest the situation, or bring the killer squads who roam the vast swathes of our country to book”.

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The caucus further said that the president has been missing in action, despite being a general who should lead from the front.

“Everywhere we turn, today, our dead are either being prepared for burials by families whose hearts are torn up by grief, or they are being mourned by families who can’t tell where the corpses of their loved ones are or where the killer squads will turn up next.

“Here is the stark truth of the Nigerian condition under Buhari’s ruinous rule; citizens are in a prolong, severe and intense state of mourning that has kept them stuck in acute anguish, pain and trauma.

“In his recent remark at the sidelines of the COP-26 Conference in Scotland, United Kingdom, General Buhari boasted: ‘We will defeat them, one highway, one rail link- and one job- at a time’. It is over three weeks since the Conference ended, no stone of resistance has been mobilised by the General against bandits, terrorists and kidnappers,” the statement read in part.

The caucus said that despite the president’s boasts, the bandits and terrorists continue to take not “one highway, one rail link – and one job – at a time” but whole communities and regions in fell swoops whenever they choose to strike.

“The communities of Sabon Birni of Sokoto State, Kagara of Niger State, Karim Lamido of Taraba State, Katoge and Yanturaku of Katsina State, and of the north east, north west, south south and south east are witnesses to the reigns of terror.”

The caucus accused the president of being concerned only “ about his personal and family safety, and the safety of his lackeys”.

“Typical of rulers in history who suffered from messianic complex, he thinks his personal survival is tantamount to the survival of the nation,” the statement further read.

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