Chuks Okocha in Abuja
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday urged the National Assembly to upon resumption tomorrow, urgently use its legislative instruments to invite President Muhammadu Buhari to address it on the deteriorated security situation in the country.
The party’s position is predicated on the alarming Global Terrorism Index report by the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP), which ranked Nigeria as the third country with the highest level of terrorism in 2019, after Iran and Afghanistan.
The PDP in a statement signed by the National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan said that the report is distressing particularly as its indices showed that insecurity and deaths from acts of terrorism increased in Nigeria in spite of promises by the current administration.
The party noted that the IEP rating has further confirmed its position that the security of lives and property in the country has gone beyond what the Buhari administration’s security architecture, as presently composed, can guarantee.
According to PDP, “Our party posits that the issue of security has gone beyond partisan and sectional sentiments as well as propaganda and now requires concerted effort by all stakeholders to compel a review of security structure and method by Mr. President.
“The PDP, as pan-Nigerian platform, urges the National Assembly to step in by persuading Mr. President to heed wise counsel and rejig his security high command so as to inject new blood to tackle our security challenges,” the main opposition party said. .
The party also urged the National Assembly to compel President Buhari to take a decisive step in ordering the apprehension and prosecution of perpetrators of acts of terrorism including the mass killing in Benue, Nasarawa, Bauchi, Taraba, Kogi, Adamawa, Borno, Yobe, Zamfara, Kaduna, Ekiti states and other parts of the country under the current administration.
It said that the failure to track down and prosecute the perpetrators of heinous crimes had continued to emboldened marauders, insurgents, bandits and kidnappers to further ravage communities and major highways, beheading compatriots, killing, maiming and taking innocent citizens captives in droves, to the extent that the nation has become the third with the highest level of terrorism in the world.
“Indeed, this is not the way to go. Our party restates that such situation should not have been allowed to fester and degenerate to this abyss”.
While the PDP salutes the gallantry and patriotism of the troops fighting and daily risking their lives in the fronts, the main opposition party charged the National Assembly to use its legislative instruments to invite Buhari for an appropriate briefing as a prelude to decisive step towards ensuring adequate security in the country.