The Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) has taken inventory of the spate of attacks on innocent Nigerians by alleged terrorists and bandits in parts of the country and insist that it confirms its stand that the security command and control coordination structure under President Muhammadu Buhari has collapsed.
The party via a press statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Hon. Debo Ologunagba condemns “the continuing insecurity and near worthlessness of the lives of Nigerians under the insensitive and cruel All Progressives Congress (APC) government as evidenced by the vicious terrorist attacks on innocent Nigerians travelling in a Kaduna State-bound train on Monday, 28th March 2022.”
The PDP insist that what is more alarming is the fact these particular attacks took place within days of the deadly terrorist attack on the Kaduna International Airport on Saturday, 26th March 2022 in the same Kaduna State controlled by an APC government.
“The PDP insists that the complicity of silence by the Buhari administration on Saturday’s airport attack emboldened the terrorists to assault the train; a development which also validates PDP’s position that the APC administration has conceded sovereignty over parts of our country to terrorists.
“The continued silence and obvious helplessness of the Buhari Presidency on these deadly attacks on our nation’s key transportation sectors raises apprehensions of possible complicity at the very top level of the APC administration.
“It is callous and unfortunate that the APC government, in its usual insensitive nature, attempted to suppress information by keeping mute over 24 hours after this horrendous attack which claimed the lives of promising Nigerians among whom was a young medical doctor, Dr Chinelo Megafu, who was fatally shot in the ill-fated train travel”.
The PDP quoted SB Morgen (SBM) Intelligence Report published in the Guardian Newspaper on Thursday, 3rd January 2022 which says in 2021, over 10,366 Nigerians were killed by terrorists with over 2,900 abductions in countless terrorism-related attacks in which no fewer than 964 security agents were killed. “Those killed in 2021 represents a scary 47% increase in the 7063 massacred by terrorists in 2020”.
“More alarming is that the killing spree has continued in 2022 unabated. More than 536 Nigerians have been killed by terrorists since the beginning of this year. In the first three weeks of January 2022, about 486 Nigerians were killed by terrorists as reported in Premium Times on Sunday, 23rd January 2022.
“Again, only last week, 50 innocent Nigerians were reportedly hacked to death by terrorists in the same Kaduna State!
“This is beside the hundreds of Nigerians, including students who were abducted by terrorists with many of them still languishing in their abductors’ den”, the party stated.