The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says that the Saturday, March 26, 2022 invasion of the Kaduna International Airport by terrorists is a clear confirmation that the nation’s security, command, and control structure under the President Muhammadu Buhari-led All Progressives Congress (APC) administration has completely collapsed.
PDP spokesman, Hon. Debo Ologunagba, in a statement on Sunday, said the alarming invasion of the airport by terrorists at a time when outlaws, kidnappers, and marauders have taken over the highways and railways, has further heightened security concerns that nowhere is safe in the country under the present administration.
“The refusal and failure of President Buhari and the APC to take action on the airport attack but continued to a jamboree in Abuja in the name of a National Convention reveal and confirm that the Buhari administration has conceded sovereignty over parts of our country to terrorists.
“President Buhari’s nonchalant disposition to this grave security challenge indicates that his administration is unable, unwilling, and or complicit in this particular attack as well as various other acts of terrorism in our country.
“It is indefensibly suspicious that while an international airport in our country was under attack by over 200 terrorists with many Nigerians being held hostage and traumatized, President Buhari and the APC continued in their carnival in Abuja without acknowledging or expressing concern. Is this not a case of ‘Buhari fiddles while Nigeria burns?’
“The APC government has failed, become numb to violence against our citizens, and can no longer perform its primary duty under Section 14 (2)(b) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended) which provides that ‘security and welfare of the people shall be the primary purpose of government’.
“President Buhari’s failure to address the Kaduna Airport attack is consistent with his characteristic abdication of duty at critical times. Nigerians can recall how in January this year, Mr. President cancelled his scheduled visit to Zamfara State, a state that is daily traumatized by terrorists.
“By that action, Mr. President allowed shared sovereignty with terrorists over a part of the territory of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. This acquiesce emboldened the terrorists to now expand their control to the international airport in Kaduna ostensibly with the possibility of using it to import arms and ammunition as well as coordinate terrorist activities in our country.
“One of the main features or determinants of sovereignty is the ability of an authority to impose taxes, enforce collection, control commercial activities as well as exit and entry points including airports.
“Under President Buhari, terrorists have established sovereignty in substantial parts of the country, especially in the North West and North East regions, where terrorists execute laws and impose penalties, collect taxes, control commercial and transportation activities, and now scaringly take control of an international airport with grave negative consequences to our national image in the world.
“Our country has never had it this bad with such a weak, uncoordinated, and clueless President with an inhumane, visionless, and propaganda-driven political party like the APC,” PDP’s statement partly read.
The PDP urged Nigerians to rally around the party in its mission to rescue the nation from the precipice and restore the unity and security of the people.