Mali: PDP Lambastes Buhari Over Dereliction of Responsibilities

Mali: PDP Lambastes Buhari Over Dereliction of Responsibilities

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Sunday berated President Muhammadu Buhari for prioritizing a trip to Mali over states in Nigeria suffering from insecurity and killings.

In a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbodiyan, the PDP faulted Buhari for failing to find a solution to the myriads of political, economic, and security crises ravaging the country.

The main opposition party urged the president to immediately visit Katsina, Kaduna, Zamfara, Taraba, Benue, Borno, Adamawa, Sokoto, Yobe and other states of the nation being daily pillaged by bandits, insurgents, kidnappers and marauders.Ad by ValueimpressionAccording to the PDP, Buhari prioritization of the situation in Mali over the worsening political and economic instability, as well as killings in various parts of Nigeria as a misplacement of governance urgency as well as an inexcusable dereliction of statutory responsibilities.

The PDP said: “The PDP laments that a President and Commander-in-Chief who cannot live up to his statutory governance responsibility at home but is always pre-occupied with seeking photo opportunity abroad leaves much to be desired.

While the PDP has nothing against Nigeria’s participation in seeking peace in troubled Mali, it is however depressing that, upon re-opening his doors, President Buhari had Mali as his priority destination and could not demonstrate the littlest solidarity with Nigerians, even if it is a whistle-stop at any of our military posts in the fronts or any of the distressed states.

“Our party believes that Mr President receives a regular briefing on the worsened security and economic situation in our country and ought to take these issues as a priority.

“Indeed, Mr President must be receiving a regular briefing on the daily ravaging of communities and mindless killings in Katsina, his home state; Kaduna, Zamfara, Taraba, Benue, Borno, Adamawa, Sokoto, Yobe states, among others in addition to the reported challenges facing our gallant soldiers in the fronts, yet upon reopening of his doors, he chose to jet away to Mali instead of addressing these critical issues at home.

“Mr President has taken no decisive steps to address the worsening economic situation in our country, which is daily plummeting in his hands, the accumulating foreign debts, plundering of foreign reserves, frightening unemployment rate, devaluation of our naira, high cost of living and issues of reduced life expectancy in Nigeria.”

Nigerians, therefore, wonder what President Buhari has to present on the table in Mali alongside other West African leaders when his administration has failed to demonstrate the required commitment to confront our domestic political, economic and security challenges, which escalated due to its incompetence and seething corruption.

“The expectation of Nigerians is for President Buhari to invite other African leaders home and attract a synergy to find solutions for our own challenges.

The PDP, therefore, urges the Buhari Presidency to stop ridiculing the President with showboating trips outside the country while governance is failing at home,” the PDP added.

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