*Urges PMB to release concrete measures not condolence messages
By Myke Uzendu, Abuja
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to rejig the nation’s security architecture to end the wanton killing and bloodletting in the country. The opposition party made the call in a statement on Sunday saying that Nigeria cannot afford to continue to be a country where citizens have to contend daily with the fear and pain of death.
The statement signed by the National Publicity Secretary of the Party, Mr Kola Ologbongiya described the killing of about 23 innocent Nigerians by marauders in Tawari Community in Kogi state as dastardly and completely unacceptable.
The PDP said Buhari must inject new blood into the security system.
Said the statement, “The PDP notes that the invasion of the helpless Tawari community and the killing spree, which reportedly lasted unrepressed for several hours, despite earlier security apprehensions in the area, points to government’s direct negligence to its primary duty to protect the people.
“The PDP blames the unabated killing and violence in various parts of the country on security lapses under the present administration as well as the manifest failure of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration to decisively track down and prosecute killers and perpetrators of violence in our country.
“Our party recalls that no decisive steps have been taken to prosecute the perpetrators of mass killings that shook our nation in Benue, Kaduna, Katsina, Bauchi, Taraba, Yobe, Zamfara, Kano, Niger, Rivers, Ebonyi, Abia and of course Kogi state, under the All Progressives Congress (APC) administration.
“It is indeed disheartening that the APC administration is now trying to reduce the functions of the office of the Commander-in Chief of our nation to issuing press releases and condolences message each time marauders invade communities and massacre defenseless compatriots, instead of tracking down and dealing with the perpetrators. “Such failures by government embolden killers, insurgents, marauders and kidnappers who have now virtually taken over our highways and holding citizens hostage in their homes, forests and caves,” the PDP said.