Olakunrin: PDP blasts Buhari over ‘isolated killings’ comment


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The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has flayed President Muhammadu Buhari’s claim that killings and widespread violence in various parts of the country were isolated cases.

Describing the President’s comments as unfortunate, the PDP said party it further exposed the “incompetence” of the Buhari Presidency as well as its insensitivity to the pain and anguish of victims of unabating violence under this administration.

In a recent open letter to Preside Buhari by former Olusegun Obasanjo, the ex-President had warned of possible outbreak of war if the widespread insecurity in the land was not promptly addressed.

Buhari had, in his reaction to the said letter, described the killings and violence in the country as isolated cases.

However, in a statement Wednesday by the spokesman for the PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan, the main opposition party noted that such underplay of serious security situation was a spat on the graves of the victims and assault on the sensibility of Nigerians.

The PDP further noted that the President’s comments came at a time many communities and families in the country were hurting and looking up to leaders for comfort and assurances.

The party wondered if President Buhari and the leaders of his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) know the excruciating pain of orphans and widows in various parts of the country and who daily live in anguish over the death of their breadwinners in the hands of marauders, bandits and insurgents.

The statement further reads, “Do the President and the APC know the torment of families whose loved ones are languishing in kidnappers’ dens; or the pain of parents whose promising sons and daughters never returned, but cut in their prime by killers?

“Do the President and APC leaders know the terror of travelling on our roads and the torture of falling into the hands of kidnappers and bandits?

“It is indeed sad that while our nation is mourning, leaders sit in their comfort and safety to make insensitive comments”.


The PDP charged the President to immediately take decisive steps that will put an end to the killings and violence ravaging the country under his watch.

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