Dapchi Girls: Hold Presidency Responsible for Abduction – PDP
…Accuses FG of Lying to Nigerians
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) holds firmly that Nigerians should hold President Muhammadu Buhari-led Presidency directly responsible for the abduction of schoolgirls in Dapchi, Yobe state and several other atrocities committed by insurgents against citizens, particularly in the northern part of the country.
This was contained in a statement on Friday by the National Publicity Secretary Kola Ologbondiyan.
The party accused Buhari’s government of deceiving and issuing false performance indices which suggested that insurgents were completely routed out, a situation which had made Nigerians in the terror zone dropped their guards in the ace of real threat and danger.
“Without doubt, if the incompetent All Progressives Congress (APC)-led government had not dished out lies to the people in a bid to score cheap political points for its ill-lucked 2019 re-election bid, more precautionary measures would have been adopted by the affected communities to ensure adequate protection.
While Nigerians are appalled by APC’s recourse to false indices in critical sectors, it is, however, to say the least, an inexcusable height of wickedness to give a vulnerable people a false assurance of security when they are actually in danger.” PDP stated.
PDP decries as iniquitous, the efforts by APC-controlled federal authorities to suppress information on the abduction, leading to conflicting reports and frustrating of a rescue mission which seeks to hide the failures of the Presidency in ensuring the safety of Nigerians, particularly in the north.
“We were shocked that in their proclivity to deceive, the authorities earlier informed Nigerians that some of the girls have been recovered only for the news to turn out to be false.”
The Opposition party accused the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed who led a delegation to Dapchi school in Yobe on Thursday.
PDP said ” President Buhari has not uttered any word of assurance, Alhaji Lai Mohammed only had a whistle stop at the Dapchi school and made no effort to interface or even commiserate with community leaders and parents of the abducted girls, while completely shutting out the media. This only further confirms APC’s insensitivity to the plight of Nigerians.
“It is more irking that the President and Commander-in-Chief will publicly provide a day an asymmetry war will come to an end as if acts of the insurgency are fought like a conventional warfare.”
The party added that “It is painful that Nigerians are faced today with a government that has been heavy on propaganda and issuing of false statistics while playing down on several atrocities committed against defenseless citizens.
Under the PDP, Nigerians were never told lies on the true situation of the state of affairs in all sectors, particularly security. The PDP-led government constantly briefed Nigerians and carried all stakeholders along in our concerted effort in securing lives and property in our nation.
“Nigerians and indeed the world must hold the Buhari Presidency and the APC-led Federal Government directly responsible for the abduction of these defenseless schoolgirls as well as the killings in our country today.
“While the PDP stands with the parents of the abducted girls at this moment of their harrowing pains and prays for their speedy return, we implore our security forces to insulate themselves from APC propaganda, take very decisive professional steps to recover our girls and end the killings in our country.”