The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has described the comments by President Muhammadu Buhari expressing surprise at the heightened insecurity across the country as defeatist, demoralizing and traumatizing.
The PDP stated that by this comment, President Buhari has displayed a disheartening dereliction of duty, directly admitted that he is overwhelmed and lacks the required capacity to articulate and implement any solutions to the escalated insurgency, banditry, kidnapping, bloodletting and the increased wave of violence under his administration.
In a statement by its spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan, the party held that such a statement from a Commander-in-Chief, who promised to lead from the front, is distressing as it further exposes an abdication of duty and shows that Mr. President is not even abreast of his major task in governance which is the security of lives and property.
The PDP said it is particularly worried over the apparent display of “leadership failure” as Mr. President ought to be receiving a daily brief from his service Chiefs on the actual situation on the ground.
According to the PDP’s statement, the President’s comment speaks volumes on the manner with which the security of the nation is being handled at the highest levels despite the huge resources reportedly committed to security issues by the Buhari administration.
The PDP noted that such development has further “eroded the confidence Nigerians repose on the Buhari Presidency for solutions, especially given his failures to rejig his security high command in the face of failures and demands by well-meaning Nigerians”.
The party, therefore, backed the call by the Senate Minority Leader, Senator Eyinnaya Abaribe, asking President Buhari to resign.