The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Sunday condemned the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) party chieftains’ celebration of the turbaning of Yusuf, President Muhammadu Buhari’s son, as District Head of Daura, Katsina State, at the weekend despite escalated killings in Sokoto, Niger, Katsina, Kaduna, Plateau states and other parts of the country by terrorists.
The PDP described the turbaning and celebration of Buhari’s son by the ruling party, despite the escalated killings in the country, as provocative, vexatious and heartless.
Recall that Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo attended the ceremony, leading other government and party chieftains, including the governors of Katsina, Bello Masari; and Kano, Abdullahi Ganduje; the Senate President Ahmed Lawan; Deputy Senate President, Ovie Omo-Agege; and the Chief of Staff to the President, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari; among other personalities.
In a statement on Sunday, Hon Debo Ologunagba, the National Publicity Secretary of PDP, noted that the manifest numbness of the APC leaders to bloodletting as well as the failure of the party to proffer any tangible solution or forcefully take its government to task on security, validate apprehensions on its reported complicity in the worsened insecurity in our nation in the last six years.
According to him, “is it not unpardonable that while the APC had failed to show empathy on the gruesome murder of scores of travellers who were burnt alive in Sokoto state, the massacre of over 15 worshippers in Niger state, other compatriots felled in Kaduna, Katsina and other parts of the country in the last few days, its leaders and officials in government had the time to attend the turbaning ceremony of President Muhammadu Buhari’s son in the same troubled Katsina State?
“Is it also not provocative, vexatious and indeed the height of heartlessness that APC and its leaders’ party while Nigeria burns?” He asked.
The PDP said it stands in solidarity with Nigerians, just as it called on the ruling party to come clean on its alleged connection to killings, the benefit it allegedly derives from violence and bloodletting and why it allegedly attaches no value to human lives.
“Nigerians can recall that despite demands by the PDP, the APC and its leaders have failed to account for the ‘political mercenaries’ they reportedly imported from neighbouring countries as thugs, gangsters and hoodlums to unleash violence on Nigerians during the 2019 elections,” he said.
According to him, the APC has also not explained the continued presence of a self-confessed terrorism apologist in its government.
“The least Nigerians expect of the APC is to forcefully give its government a marching order to develop a wholesome strategy to proactively tackle insecurity, including targeting the source of funds to terrorists, many of which were revealed by a foreign government, yet the APC government refused to take action.
“Unfortunately, the APC as a party of selfish and bloodthirsty “political bandits” does not have the commitment, readiness or capacity to do so.” the statement further said.