OrderPaperToday – Members of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) caucus in the National Assembly has hit hard at President Muhammadu Buhari and decried the inability of the All Progressives Congress (APC)–led Federal Government to address the worsening insecurity across the country.
The PDP lawmakers also called on the federal government to immediately set up a proper security apparatus to curb the rising insecurity in the country.
Senate minority leader, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe (PDP Abia) made the call on behalf of the PDP caucus at a joint press briefing by both House of Representatives and Senate members of the party in Abuja on Tuesday.
“The caucus suggest that immediate steps should be taken by governments at all levels to set up proper security infrastructure whether in the mode of state police and other constitutional reforms to arrest the drift of the nation”, Abaribe said.
He further said that the caucus expresses very strong concern about the inability of government to arrest the insecurity in the country.
The caucus also expressed strong reservations about the economic strategy of the government which has culminated into what was called quantitative easing, saying:
“This government, at inception and during campaigns prior to 2015 elections, made promises to the Nigerian public, the first of which was that they were going to deal with security challenges within their tenure.
“Sadly and most unfortunately, from 2015 to date, rather than resolving the security situation, the government had rather broaden the security challenges.
“So, from the problems of the North -East, it has spread to other parts of the country; virtually all parts of Nigeria is now beset with one security challenge or the other.
“We think that the government should reverse itself and should not continue in its mindless borrowing without seeing any benefits that are coming from it.
“This is a time that needs the President to come out and take charge of his government and take us all away from problems we are seeing today.”
The lawmakers alos joined growing calls for the resignation or sack of the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, over past publicly expressed sympathies for terrorist groups.
“We, as a caucus, are opposed to the continued superintendence of the national identity registration by someone, whom the country has lost confidence in,” Abaribe said, adding that “we ask the government to go ahead and summon the courage to do the needful, that when people lose confidence in a member of the government, that person should either quit or be fired.”
He urged Nigerians not to give up hope on the country due to the current challenges, adding that opportunity would still present them to make a change at the right time.
Recall that Sen. Abaribe has on several occasions, hit hard at President Buhari over the latter’s handling of insecurity.