Nigeria: Buhari Must Address The Nation On Fulani Herdsmen’s Killings – PDP
The major opposition party in Nigeria, People Democratic Party, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to come out and address the citizens on the issue of Fulani herdsmen killings ravaging the country.
The political party, in a statement made available to our correspondent and signed by both the chairman of the party, written by Chief Uche Secondus and chair of the party’s governor forum, Mr Ayodele Fayose, after a meeting held in Asaba, Delta State by members of the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) and its Governors’ forum, said the president and his men had pretended enough on the killings in the country by the Fulani herdsmen.
According to the statement, the party said “We strongly condemn the unabated killings across the country. We call on Mr. President to come out clean on the herdsmen killings and address the nation on how to end the carnage. The President must take responsibility for the protection of lives and property of Nigerians which is the most important of his responsibilities. We believe that the Federal Government’s decision to set up a Committee to address the issues of herdsmen killings is a pretentious approach to a matter that requires firm action and leadership by the President in line with his oath of office to protect all Nigerians irrespective of creed, tribe, and political affiliation.”
The party also harped on restructuring the country. It maintained that it has already directed its lawmakers to initiate bill on the issue.
“The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has been the author of restructuring and this was further expressed in the Report of the 2014 National Conference. The All Progressive Congress (APC) as a later day convert of restructuring is merely paying lip service to a matter of national importance. However, we have mandated our members in the National Assembly to immediately commence the process of initiating a Bill to address issues bothering on restructuring. We urge Mr. President to henceforth direct the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to adhere to the Rule of Law by obeying Court judgments and orders such as the one involving the Ekiti State Government against EFCC and restrain itself from further political intimidation and harassment of known or perceived political opponents. We commend the judiciary for their commitment to the enthronement of constitutional democracy in the face of intimidation and harassment”, PDP said.
The major opposition party also condemned what it perceived as corruption in the management of fuel subsidy, adding that the president’s proposal to borrow 1 Billion USD from Excess Crude Account to combat Boko Haram was a fraud.
“We condemn in strong terms the massive corruption going on in the management of fuel subsidy regime which the Federal Government had declared non-existent while billions of Naira are deducted monthly at Federation Accounts Allocation Committee (FAAC) meetings. The PDP states and local governments are vehemently opposed to the unilateral withdrawal of USD1Billion from the Excess Crude Account by the Federal Government under any guise. We want to state unequivocally that neither the Governors’ Forum nor the Federal Executive Council has the power of appropriation of Federation Accounts, as such powers reside with the National and State Assemblies”, the statement concluded.