The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), on Monday, said the position of President Muhammadu Buhari on the latest propaganda video released by the abductors of the Abuja-Kaduna train passengers at the weekend is an admittance of the failure of his Presidency.
In the video, which shows the victims being brutalised, the terrorists are also alerted that they will go after the President and Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna State because their demands are yet to be met.
Following the release of the video, the Presidency in a statement issued by Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President (Media & Publicity) said that as the Commander-in-Chief, President Muhammadu Buhari had done everything and more that is necessary to get immediate results from the military.
But addressing a press conference at its national secretariat in Abuja on Monday, the National Publicity Secretary of the main opposition party, Hon Debo Ologunagba, noted that President Buhari and his ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) have “irretrievably failed our nation.”
He expressed PDP’s deep sadness, alarm and distress over “the video of terrorists mercilessly flogging, inflicting grievous bodily harm and threatening to sell into slavery and kill traumatised victims.”
He said: “It is indeed heartbreaking to watch fathers, mothers, husbands, wives, brothers, sisters, helpless children; compatriots and citizens of Nigeria in captivity and being tortured, brutalized, humiliated and crying in pain, agony and anguish just because we have the misfortune of being under the All Progressives Congress (APC) government that have proven to be derelict, irresponsible, unconcerned and completely numb to the pains and sufferings of our citizens.
“The emotional toll of this sad incident on the victims, their families and the entire nation cannot be quantified, particularly on the younger generation who witnessed the humiliation of their parents and breadwinners in such gruesome circumstances.
“This will certainly have a generational consequence on the emotional and psychological makeup of our young persons with the possibility of losing faith in our nation and the capacity for empathy.
“Indeed, as a Party, our hearts bleed! The APC government has irretrievably failed our nation. Under the APC, Nigeria is fast sliding into a Hobbesian State where the Rule of Law, Order and leadership are absent and where cruel, inhumane and insensitive bunch of human beings in government have abandoned our citizens to killers, terrorists and bandits.
“This disquieting video is a heart-rending testament of the reported complicity and failure of the APC government to take decisive actions to rescue the victims since the gruesome train attack in which very promising Nigerians including a 29 years old female medical doctor were brutally killed and others were taken captive by terrorists since then.
“It is a painful commentary on the continuing mass killing by terrorists in various parts of our country as well as a confirmation of the agony of hundreds of our citizens including students, who are being tortured and executed in countless terrorists’ dens enabled by the APC government.
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