The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has accused President Muhammadu Buhari of “wandering abroad” while bandits are having a field day in the country, killing the citizens.
The PDP said this in a statement on Thursday by its spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan, saying Buhari’s absence has emboldened the attackers.
The opposition party asked the president to immediately cut short his UK trip and return to address the incessant killings in parts of the country.
The statement read, “The Party describes as completely unacceptable for President Buhari to practically abandon his responsibilities, as the Commander-In-Chief, at least for now, to pursue unexplained private matters in foreign lands, while bandits, marauders and insurgents seize our nation; maim, kidnap and kill our citizens with reckless abandon,” Ologbondiyan said.
“President Buhari’s inattention has emboldened insurgents and bandits to continue to over-run communities, unleash mayhem and bloodletting on citizens in Borno, Zamfara, Yobe, Adamawa, Gombe Taraba, Kaduna, Benue, Kogi and other states of the federation, including Mr. President’s home state, Katsina.
“The situation in Nigeria today signposts the terrible condition our nation will face if the Presidential mandate is not retrieved at the tribunal to enable competent and uncompromised hands to run the affairs of our country,” the statement added.
“The PDP therefore calls on President Buhari to immediately return home and use the remaining part of his tenure to seek help instead of wandering abroad under the guise of private visits.”
President Buhari is currently in the United Kingdom on a “private visit”.
In his absence, there has been attacks by suspected bandits and kidnappers, especially in the North, including in the president’s hometown Daura in Katsina state.