Kaduna airport attack: PDP accuses Buhari of insensitivity


Uba Group

Uba Group

Leading opposition political party, People’s Democratic Party, has said that the invasion of the Kaduna International Airport by terrorists, last Saturday, confirmed the growing level of insecurity under the President Muhammadu Buhari-led All Progressives Congress administration.

The party noted that the invasion of the airport by terrorists raised the concern that nowhere is safe in the country under the APC-led government.

The PDP, in a statement issued by Debo Ologunagba, said that “The refusal and failure of President Buhari and the APC to take action on the airport attack and the jamboree in Abuja in the name of a national convention confirmed that the Buhari administration has conceded sovereignty over parts of our country to terrorists.

“President Buhari’s nonchalant disposition to this grave security challenge indicates that his administration is unable, unwilling and or complicit in this particular attack as well as various other acts of terrorism in our country.

“It is indefensibly suspicious that while an international airport in our country was under attack by over 200 terrorists with many Nigerians being held hostage and traumatized, President Buhari and the APC continued in their carnival in Abuja without acknowledging or expressing concern. Is this not a case of Buhari fiddles while Nigeria burns?

“The APC government has become numb to violence against our citizens and can no longer perform its primary duty under Section 14 (2)(b) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended) which provides that ‘security and welfare of the people shall be the primary purpose of government.’

“President Buhari’s failure to address the Kaduna Airport attack is consistent with his characteristic abdication of duty at critical times. Nigerians can recall how, in January this year, Mr. President cancelled his scheduled visit to Zamfara State, a state that is daily traumatized by terrorists.

“By that action, Mr. President allowed shared sovereignty with terrorists over a part of the territory of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. This acquiesces emboldened the terrorists to now expand their control to the international airport in Kaduna ostensibly with the possibility of using it to import arms and ammunition as well as coordinate terrorist activities in our country.

“One of the main features or determinants of sovereignty is the ability of an authority to impose taxes, enforce collection, control commercial activities as well as exit and entry points, including airports.

“Under President Buhari, terrorists have established sovereignty in substantial parts of the country, especially in the North-West and North-East regions where terrorists execute laws and impose penalties, collect taxes, control commercial and transportation activities and now scaringly take control of an international airport with grave negative consequences to our national image in the world.

“Our country has never had it this bad with such a weak, uncoordinated and clueless President with an inhumane, visionless and propaganda-driven political party like the APC.

“Nigerians should therefore rally around the PDP in our mission to rescue our nation from the precipice and restore the unity and security of her people.”