The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Sunday, November 1, berated President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration over the rescue of the abducted United States national by the American special forces from Nigeria.
According to the PDP, this development further confirmed that the current administration could neither secure the nation’s territorial integrity nor arrest the wave of insecurity in the land.
The US special forces on Friday rescued a hostage, Philipe Nathan Walton, who was abducted in the neighbouring Niger Republic by Islamic State in West African Province, ISWAP, fighters a few weeks ago and taken across the border.
In a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, the PDP described as an international embarrassment; a situation where the US troops had to enter the country to pull a rescue.
It added that President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration had failed in its responsibility of guaranteeing the safety of lives and property in the country.
The statement reads in part: “The fact that under President Muhammadu Buhari, bandits and abductors from neighbouring countries now freely cross into our nation; to use our soil as detention camps further shows the failure of his administration; to secure our national borders and territorial integrity.
“It also shows that contrary to claims by the Buhari administration; parts of our country are still under the control of bandits and insurgents.
“It is indeed grossly disconcerting that under our Commander-in-Chief, a general, who had consistently promised to lead from the front; it took a foreign country to come on our soil to rescue their citizen; while hordes of our citizens are reportedly being held; tortured and killed in various kidnappers’ and insurgents’ dens in various parts of our nation.
“The fact that other countries with competent and determined leadership; have successfully dislodged and vanquished bandits on our soil highlight the incompetence; lack of honesty; and want of will power on the part of the Buhari administration to effectively secure our nation.
“Our party believes that the latest experience will compel President Buhari to accede to a widespread demand; by Nigerians to rejig his security architecture; as well as replace his service chiefs with more competent hands; to effectively tackle insecurity challenge facing our country.”