The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Wednesday criticised President Muhammadu Buhari for describing the gruesome killings, bloodletting, violence and widespread kidnapping in various parts of Nigeria as “isolated” cases.
The Presidency had in its response to Olusegun Obasanjo’s letter to Buhari, described insecurity issues raised by the former president as isolated cases.
But in a statement by its national publicity secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, the PDP decried that while citizens are mourning over effects of insecurity across the country, Buhari and his All Progressives Congress (APC) sit in their comfort and safety to make insensitive comments.
Noting that the comment by the Presidency was unfortunate, PDP said the statement “further exposes the incompetence of the Buhari Presidency as well as its insensitivity to the pain and anguish of victims of un-abating violence under this administration.”
The statement read, “The PDP notes that such underplay of serious security situation, particularly at this time that many communities and families in Nigeria are hurting and looking up to leaders for comfort and assurances, is a direct spat on the graves of the victims and assault on the sensibility of compatriots.
“Do President Buhari and the leaders of his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) know the excruciating pain of orphans and widows in various parts of our nation, who daily live in anguish over the death of their breadwinners in the hands of marauders, bandits and insurgents?
“Do the President and the APC know the torment of families whose loved ones are languishing in kidnappers’ dens; or the pain of parents whose promising sons and daughters never returned, but cut in their prime by killers?
“Do the President and APC leaders know the terror of travelling on our roads and the torture of falling into the hands of kidnappers and bandits?
“It is indeed sad that while our nation is mourning, leaders sit in their comfort and safety to make insensitive comments.
“The PDP therefore charges President Buhari to immediately take decisive steps that will put an end to the killings and violence ravaging our nation under his watch”.