The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has again faulted President Muhammadu Buhari over his government handling of the current insecurity situation in the country.

The opposition party in a statement through its National Chairman, Uche Secondus condemned Mr President for standing aloof and watch on while the country rams into anarchy.

Secondus, who made the statement during a press briefing on Monday, also expressed disappointment in Buhari for failing to address Nigerians over the lamentable situation, stressing that it was saddening that instead of addressing Nigerians who elected him into office, the President has given way to “two media handlers issue annoying press statements in the name of the amorphous Presidency.

However, the PDP chairman reiterated that the government must urgently bring the security problem in the nation under control.

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To this end, Secondus recommended the creation of state police, upscaling of the personnel strength of the arm forces, and the creation of a National border protection force different from the existing immigration and customs to check the influx of armed criminal gangs.

 

The statement partly read; “Presently, the nation has witnessed an upsurge of kidnapping in the FCT, further giving vent to the assertions of the Governors.

“In addition to this, is the escalation of killings, arson, bloodletting, and kidnappings of Nigerians, including our men and women in uniforms across the nation.

“Between January and now, no fewer than 741 Nigerians have been murdered by bandits and terrorists; dozens of police formations and security checkpoints, have been attacked, leaving scores dead. An attack on a correctional facility in Owerri, Imo State, led to the release of 1,844 inmates.

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“We demand for the immediate up-scaling of the personnel strength of our men and women in uniform and make adequate provisions of kinetic instruments of war and law enforcement. Our armed forces should be adequately equipped and their welfare a top priority.

“In addition, efforts should be made towards partnership with foreign governments and miscellaneous entities for the war efforts. The situation in our country is not normal and exceptional steps should be taken to restore it to normalcy. The PDP, as a body, is willing to give a helping hand in this direction.

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” We call for the establishment of a State Police: We call on all citizens to support the quest for state police as is the tradition in other federations. In spite of the concerns over state police, it is doubtful that 36 state police services can be easily overwhelmed, as is the case now with the unitary police. Besides, any challenges can be addressed through legislative framework to make abuse extremely difficult, if not impossible.”

The party also advocated for for the deployment of technology in the fight against terror, banditry, and other crimes.

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