The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has asked for the immediate sack of the Minister Of Defence. Major General Bashir Magashi, for abdicating his statutory duties in asking unarmed Nigerians to defend themselves against armed aggression by bandits and terrorists.
In a statement signed by Kola Ologbondiyan, National Publicity Secretary of the Party, PDP describes the statement by the minister as reckless, irresponsible and a confirmation that the Buhari’s administration has surrendered to outlaws and has no determination to end their activities.
The Party noted that it’s “unthinkable that a government would describe unarmed victims of armed aggression of terrorists and bandits as “cowards”, while those who were elected and given the resources to defend them recede in the comfort and safety of their offices in Abuja.
Such disposition to security: a statutory responsibility of government to apprehensions goes to show that our nation is indeed descending to a failed state under the Buhari’s Presidency, where government can no longer perform its duties while unarmed citizens are left to confront bandits and warlords.
Given the silence by the Buhari’s Presidency, our party holds that the defeatist comment by the minister, the disposition of president Muhammadu Buhari and his security architecture, explains why the administration has remained complacent in the fight against terrorism and banditry in our country.
Such statement by the Buhari administration at the time it ought to be scaling up its security strategies to guarantee the safety of all Nigerians, have been emboldening bandits, terrorists and kidnappers to escalate their acts of atrocities against our compatriots.
Moreover, with such disposition, the Buhari administration is creating a lucrative job for bandits, terrorists, kidnappers who are settled with huge ransom instead of being faced with full force and might of our military.
Our party however urges Nigerians not to despair at this but brace up as it has become that we are now in a despondent situation where government has shown that it can no longer defend the citizens.”