The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has slammed President Muhammadu Buhari for failing to address the kidnap of eight senior police officers by bandits, but was quick to comment on the defection of Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi state from the PDP to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Recall it was reported that bandits had abducted eight Assistant Superintendents of Police in Katsina State over a week ago and demanded N100m ransom for their release.
The families of the victims are currently running helter-skelter to raise the reduced ransom of N500, 000 to secure the release of each of the cops.
It was gathered that the ASPs were among the nine, who were recently promoted to their current rank. They were attached to the Mobile Police Squadron 6, Maiduguri, Borno State.
They were demobilised from the riot unit and eight of them were on their way to the Zamfara State Police Command on transfer when they were ambushed in the Dogondaji area of Katsina State and taken into the forest.
While being taken into the bush, two of the unarmed policemen escaped, but the bandits shot one of them in the leg and he still managed to find his way to the nearest village from where he was taken to hospital.
The National Chairman of PDP, Uche Secondus, in his address to the National Executive Committee of the party during its 90th meeting in Abuja, on Thursday, declared that the ship of the Nigerian state was on auto pilot.
He scolded Buhari-led APC administration over the deteriorating security situation in the country.
Secondus also lamented the slow response by the President to the concerns of Nigerian youths during the #EndSARS protests.
He said, among other things, “Your Excellences, great leaders of our party, before the COVID-19 lockdown, our country was already going through some socio-political and economic challenges arising from poor governance delivery by the ruling All Progressives Congress.
“The security problem of the country has refused to abate; instead, it has multiplied with no clear solution in sight. President Muhammadu Buhari, under whose watch the situation got worse and complicated, has remained clearly helpless and incapable of providing the needed leadership.
“It took President Muhammadu Buhari almost two weeks of persuasion and cajoling from many Nigerians, including the Senate, before he agreed to address the nation on the issue after the damage was already done , youths killed by security agencies and property destroyed.
“The protests opened a fresh dimension in the government/citizen relationship and underscored the fact that some fundamental actions are needed to get our polity going on the right track.”