Kola Ologbondiyan

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday advised President Muhammadu Buhari not to pick fight with United Nation (UN) Rapporteur, Agnes Callamard, but should accept the bitter truth that poverty, internal conflicts, bloodletting, banditry, kidnapping, insurgency, abuse of human rights and general national insecurity have escalated under his administration.

Recall that the UN Rapporteur, Callamard had highlighting the grave security issues in the country, which the party said are already in the international domain.

PDP, in a statement by its spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan, said that Buhari Presidency should be seeking for help, seeing that it has no solution to the festering problem.

“If anything, the UN Rapporteur report only reinforces the positions of credible international bodies, including the United States Department of State, Amnesty International (AI) and Transparency International (TI), which also reported cases of arbitrary and extra-judicial killings, illegal arrests, arbitrary detention, torture, festering violence, reported disappearances and abuse of human rights under the Buhari administration.

“Moreover, the PDP holds that the UN report is a vindication of its stance, as well as that of millions of Nigerians that the ineptitude and repressive tendencies of the All Progressives Congress (APC) administration under President Buhari are emboldening acts on violence and fuelling impunity, division and intolerance in the polity.

“Today, Nigeria is becoming one of the most insecure places to live. Citizens can no longer move freely around their country as marauders, kidnappers, insurgents and bandits take over the highways, pillage communities, kill and take citizens captive at will.

“By fighting persons or organisation that tell us the truth instead of seeking solutions, the Buhari Presidency is doing a great disservice to Nigerians especially those in communities being ravaged by insurgency, banditry, kidnapping and ethnic clashes,” the party said.

The party holds that at the moment, what ought to be paramount to the Buhari Presidency should not be the sentiments of regime image but the welfare and security of vulnerable Nigerians.

“President Buhari should therefore caution his handlers on their unguarded statements on grave national issues.

“He should immediately accept responsibility for his failures and seek help since he has not demonstrated the capacity to effectively led a nation as complex as Nigeria at the moment.

“The truth can be bitter, but in its acceptance lies the solution,” the party said.

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