The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Caucus in the House of Representatives has expressed dismay over governments inability to stop repeated mass killings by herdsmen in Benue, Taraba and other states of the federation.
Minority Leader of the House, Leo Ogor in a statement expressed concerns that prevailing spate of killings across the nation now mirrors a failed state.
Ogor in the statement blamed the APC government for failure to explore realistic and effective options towards ending such crisis and saving human lives, adding that too many Nigerians are losing their lives to insecurity nationwide while killers still roam free.
According to him, herdsmen now rank high on the Global Terrorism Index, while nationwide, mindless killings, armed robberies and dastardly kidnapping have increased under the APC government.
This according to him, now repays the overwhelming votes the APC government secured from the Nigerian people.
“The first fundamental duty of any government is the security of citizens’ lives and property but it is deeply unfortunate, historically horrific and spiritually negative that under the APC government, the nation is witnessing endless rounds of senseless killings of men, women and children in Benue, Taraba and other states,” he said.
According to the statement, “Within the past two years, unidentified herdsmen have displaced Boko Haram in terms of mindless killings; it is unfortunate that once again, just like they did several times before, rampaging herdsmen in utter contempt for Benue state’s anti-grazing law wantonly descended on Guma and Logo local government areas of Benue state in a new year attack that left scores of dead bodies.
“Herdsmen now rank high on the Global Terrorism Index and nationwide, mindless killings, armed robberies and dastardly kidnapping have increased under the APC government which now repays the overwhelming votes from the people with long conspiratorial silence and numb promises while the number of corpses mount,” Ogor added.
He however expressed regrets over recent attacks in Zamfara, Benue, Ogun and the incident in Katsina where a fourteen year old girl was abducted from her father’s home by audacious marauders.
The PDP lawmakers also condemned the situation whereby big farmers in the north now avoid their own farms for fear of kidnappers, stressing that the APC has insensitively chosen a very wrong and unfair moment in history to announce plans for re-election campaigns.
“Sani Bello, a member of the House of Representatives representing Mashi/Dutsi federal constituency died few months after a kidnap ordeal on the way to his farm near Birnin Gwari area· of Kaduna State last year; the following month, an Assistant Commissioner of Police serving in Zamfara State was abducted along the same road and many more violent deaths and kidnappings have continued across the nation.
“Two years of the APC government’s budgetary outlay for surveillance surpasses the entire amounts spent on surveillance by various successive administrations since independence; yet it is curious that government obtains no warning signals and seems unable to bring bands of rampaging terrorist herdsmen to justice.
“Still, lost in pipedreams, APC is focused on re-election and an APC minister with extremely lackluster political antecedent and who lacks neither the charisma nor goodwill to win a mere councillorship seat in Ibadan had the temerity to tell the nation that he is joining the APC re-election bandwagon by leading a presidential re-election group in South-West geo-political zone,” Ogor stated.
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