Declare State of National Emergency now, PDP Orders Buhari
The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has urged the Federal Government to declare a state of emergency in the wake of growing security threats across the country
Prince Uche Secondus, National Chairman of the party said the call had become necessary, given prevailing circumstances which could truncate democracy.
Citing the danger that insecurity is likely to pose to the sanctity of the forthcoming election in Anambra, the Chairman of the PDP observed that national security is being impeded.
“It is no longer politics”, Secondus crooned while speaking during the National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting of the party in Abuja, “the President needs to declare a state of national emergency.”
Secondus who has not been seen in his home State for several months, following what is seen as a face – off between his State Governor and himself noted that it was time for the Nigerian authorities to urgently do something about the worsening security situation.
The party leader acknowledged that President Muhammadu Buhari is the C-in-C and so should make haste to declare a state of emergency.
At the end of the NEC meeting, Kola Ologbondiyan, Spokesman of the party in opposition who disclosed the contents of a communiqué announced that the PDP was in support of the position adopted by the House of Representatives urging the nation’s President to act immediately.
“NEC urged President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately declare a national state of emergency on security”, the PDP said in a statement.
“NEC also urged President Buhari to, without delay, convoke a national conference on security so as to galvanise ideas and options to tackle insecurity in our country.
“NEC lamented the heightened insecurity pervading all parts of our nation due primarily to the misrule of President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress”, the party stressed.
The PDP statement blamed the President and the APC for what it described as their “failure to decisively tackle the menace of terrorism, banditry, kidnapping, bloodletting and acts of violence.”
Earlier, the House of Representatives had spoken strongly in favour of the declaration of a state of emergency in the country.
Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila who articulated the position of the Green Chamber revealed that the House Committee on Security had received marching orders to embark on a proper auditing of all military and paramilitary assets and arms.
He said that the committee had four weeks to conclude its assignment and report its finding to the House.
Meanwhile, Governor Masari of Katsina State has opposed calls for the declaration of a state of emergency, saying that the Nigerian military is overstretched.
Masari said on Channels Television Thursday that the declaration of a state of emergency would serve no purpose.
“How can state of emergency solve the problem? You have a situation where the military are in all the states of the federation, then you ask yourself, how many do we have?
“Are we not overstretching them? So the reality is the responsibility of securing this country is ours, all of us.
“We have a role to play, and we must play it for the sake of our children and grandchildren, not for the sake of the persons that are in office.
“I think we better be serious about this issue of security. If you say set up a state of emergency, what do you do? We are having the same people, the same security agencies, the same capacities and the same resources. So, what are we talking about?”
Providing an accurate background relating to the gradual decay of the nation’s security arrangement, Channels Television reported, “The country has been battling terrorism for more than a decade which has killed 36,000 people and displaced hundreds of thousands in the northeast.
“The Islamic State of West African Province (ISWAP) split from the jihadist group Boko Haram in 2016 and has since become a dominant threat in Nigeria, attacking troops and bases while killing and kidnapping passengers at bogus checkpoints.
“On March 1, jihadist fighters burnt down a United Nations humanitarian compound in the town of Dikwa after dislodging troops, killing six civilians.
“Nigeria’s jihadist violence has spread to neighbouring Chad, Cameroon, and Niger, prompting a regional military coalition to fight the insurgents.”
Whereas the background provided by Channels Television referred to no one or party in particular, it however indicates that the violence in Nigeria predates the APC government which is at war with insurgents.
The PDP lost control of the nation’s political apparatus after 16 years in power. In 16 years, the party which is now in power could not find solutions to what has translated to a huge threat to national security.
This may mean that the PDP might be as guilty as the APC when the issue is the failure of government to arrest the drift.
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