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Zamfara killings: APC’s incapable of protecting Nigerians –PDP

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Zamfara killings: APC’s incapable of protecting Nigerians –PDP

As Northern Govs’ Forum commiserates with state over killings

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said the daily bloodshed in the country has proved that the All Progressives Congress (APC)-controlled Federal Government lacks the capacity to guarantee the security of lives and property of Nigerians.

 

The party said it is heartbreaking that while Nigerians are daily being slaughtered by marauders, those elected to protect them were only concerned with their selfish re-election bid in 2019 and meaningless photo opportunities in the media.

 

In a statement yesterday by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, the main opposition party noted that in the last two months, hundreds of helpless citizens have been murdered by bandits in various parts of the country but nothing concrete has been done by the Federal Government to end the butchery and bring the perpetrators to book.

 

”Hardly have tears dried over the gruesome killings in Benue, Taraba, Kaduna, Nasarawa and other states when marauders hit Zamfara, a state known for peace, killing 41 citizens in cold blood, yet all we get is mere lip service from the APC-controlled Federal Government.

 

“Nigerians now live defenceless and in perpetual fear; our people are fast losing confidence in our institutions. “As we speak, citizens are now sourcing their own security as APC-controlled Federal Government daily manifest crass indifference to the protection of our people,” the party stated. It called on Nigerians, irrespective of religion, ethnicity and political affiliations, to join forces in praying for the nation as well as supporting one another at this critical time in our national life.

 

“PDP stands with all our people across the nation and share in their pains at this critical time. “We call on the APC-controlled Federal Government to admit its failures and seek help from Nigerians who can assist in our current situation.

 

“Our people have witnessed enough bloodletting and we must collectively find an end to the carnage. “The PDP commiserates with the families of those killed in Zamfara and other states and pray God to grant us peace and all round protection in our country,” the statement added.

 

Meanwhile, a delegation of Northern Governors’ Forum on Saturday paid a condolence visit to Zamfara to commiserate with people, especially Zurmi Emirate Council, over the recent massacre in the area. Some unidentified persons on Thursday shot and killed 40 persons in an attack on  Birane village in Zurmi Local Government Area and injured many others.

 

 

The forum’s Chairman, Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno, led the delegation, comprising the governors of Sokoto State, Alhaji Aminu Tambuwal, Kebbi, Abubakar Bagudu, and Nasarawa State, Tanko Almakura. At the palace of the emir of Zurmi, Shettima said they came on behalf of the people of Northern Nigeria to commiserate with Zamfara people over the attack.

 

He described the attack as unfortunate and worrisome, adding: “It is very disheartening that some criminals decide to kill innocent people.” Shettima prayed to Almighty Allah to reward the dead and give their families and relatives fortitude to bear their losses.

 

He called on the people of the state to remain calm and continue to pray for Allah’s intervention to end the security challenges in the country. Shettima expressed the hope that with the efforts of the present administration, led by President Muhammadu Buhari, the country would overcome its security challenges. “We are, therefore, hoping that with these efforts, the current security challenges in the country, such as cattle rustling, kidnapping and all other forms of criminal activities affecting Zamfara, will become history,” he said.

 

Responding, Governor Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara, thanked the governors for the visit and said his administration was making efforts in collaboration with the Federal Government to end the killing of innocent people in the state. He urged security agencies to increase their efforts and review measures toward addressing security challenges in the state.

 

“I reported this case to the Presidency and I am going to continue to collaborate with security agencies to address the security challenges facing the state,” Yari said. The Emir of Zurmi, Alhaji Abubakar Atiku, commended the state and federal governments in the fight against criminal activities in Zamfara. Atiku, however, urged the Federal Government to increase efforts toward addressing security challenges facing the state.

 

Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned massacre of innocent persons in Zamfara. The President, in a statement issued by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, in Abuja on Friday, commiserated with families of the victims of the ”heinous and inhuman attacks on defenceless citizens”.

 

President Buhari also directed the Minister of Defence, Brig-Gen. Mansur Dan Ali (rtd) to proceed immediately to the state to undertake an on-the-spot assessment of the situation and report back. He also directed security agencies to immediately mobilise and deploy their members to the vulnerable areas of the state, and ensure that the perpetrators are brought to face the full wrath of the law.

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