Tell Nigerians how you reprimanded Idris, PDP tells Buhari
Olusola Fabiyi, Abuja
The Peoples Democratic Party has said President Muhammadu Buhari, in saying that he was unaware that the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, did not carry out his orders regarding the security situation in Benue State, has directly admitted running an “incompetent, disorganised and uncoordinated administration.”
The main opposition party asked the President to tell Nigerians how he reprimanded Idris in the past.
The party added that Buhari’s explanation on the IGP was an admission that he has “handed over power to a cabal that neither sought votes nor was elected by Nigerians.”
It said President Buhari has “irredeemably indicted himself,” adding that such “unpardonable slipshod attitude to governance” is directly responsible for his government’s “below average of the nation’s economy as well as other woes that have befallen our nation in his almost three years in office.”
The PDP, in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan in Abuja, on Tuesday, said the All Progressives Congress and supporters of the President should take their minds off the Aso Villa ahead of 2019 election now that their “leader and sole candidate has practically admitted his incompetence to run an effective government as desired by Nigerians.”
He also criticised the President for trying to pass the buck to the IGP, a development which PDP said further exposed the President’s “lack of direct commitment and concern toward the wellbeing and security of Nigerians.”
He said, “Nigerians have completely lost hope in President Muhammadu Buhari and his incompetent administration.
“By stating that he was unaware that the IGP only spent 24 hours in Benue State, Mr. President has confirmed that he has not been effectively monitoring the handling of the security situation of our nation.
“This places a huge question mark on the regular assurances issued from the Presidency on security.
“For our party, PDP, the expression of President Buhari has once again vindicated our position that our nation has been placed on autopilot cruise with a cabal pretending to be managing our affairs.
“Indeed, Nigerians need to know; what exactly did President Buhari, as the Commander-in-Chief, do when he realised that the IGP did not carry out his orders? We demand a direct answer from the Presidency.
“The fact is that there is no sense of remorse by the Government as the President himself spent only two hours in Benue State without visiting the victims or even making any direct policy statement on those behind the killings and how to forestall future bloodletting. Rather, in the character of this government, Mr. President engaged in yet another blame game instead of facing issues.
“If the Presidency is not committed to monitoring critical issues such as security, then Nigerians are no longer in doubt as to why other sectors, particularly our once robust economy, had gone comatose under the Buhari administration.”