Yusuf Bello| The opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and the ruling All Congress Party (APC) on Sunday traded words over Saturday’s operation by the United States to rescue her citizen held hostage by bandits on Nigerian soil.
According to the opposition PDP, the raid by the US special forces further confirmed that the Buhari Presidency can neither secure the territorial integrity of the nation nor arrest the wave of insecurity ravaging the country.
In a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, the party described the situation where the US forces had to embark on a rescue mission in Nigeria, as an international embarrassment.
According to the statement, the development showed how low the Buhari Presidency had “fallen in its failure” to guarantee the safety of lives and property in the country.
The statement read in part, “Moreover, the fact that under President Muhammadu Buhari, bandits and abductors from neighboring 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.”
However, the ruling APC has desribed the statement by the PDP as an attempt to play politics with the country’s national security.
The ruling party’s Deputy National Publicity Secretary, Yekini Nabena, in statement asked the PDP to instead explain to Nigerians how its administration handled the 2014 abduction of 276 Chibok schoolgirls.
The statement read, “The PDP again chooses to play politics with our national security in its tired, baseless and dull attacks of the President Muhammadu Buhari government.
“The PDP should explain to Nigerians how its immediate-past administration handled the 2014 abduction of 276 Chibok schoolgirls. To refresh the PDP’s memory, former British prime minister, David Cameron in his book, For the Record, said the Goodluck Jonathan PDP government was ‘sleeping on the wheel’ when the schoolgirls were abducted.
“It is on record that that PDP government did nothing for two weeks after the Chibok schoolgirls abductions dismissing it as a grand political conspiracy while the schoolgirls were continually held and their families suffered in anguish.
“While the PDP still refuses to take responsibility for the tragedy up till now, the same PDP government rejected the British offer to help in the rescue of the Chibok schoolgirls.
“Combating terrorism and other emerging cross border crimes require international collaborations and assistance when necessary.
“As Commander-in-Chief of Nigeria’s Armed Forces, President Buhari swore a constitutional oath to protect lives and property of citizens. The president has consistently demonstrated that resolve throughout his administration. President Buhari’s reactions and actions after the similar and unfortunate Dapchi schoolgirls kidnapping is a pointer to how a responsive government should act.”