The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has blasted the All Progressives Congress (APC) over its silence on the gruesome terrorist attack and killing of worshippers at St. Francis Catholic Church, Owo, Ondo State, on Sunday.
This was contained in a statement on Monday by PDP’s spokesman, Hon. Debo Ologunagba. The party said the action confirms APC’s complicity and implicit support for terrorism in Nigeria.
The PDP added that it is appalled by the lame and disconnected press statement by the Buhari Presidency, which did not demonstrate any presidential empathy, concern, assurances and commitment expected of a Commander-in-Chief, who should be a Comforter-in-Chief in the face of such horrific terrorist attack on the country.
According to the PDP, the president’s inadequate and callous comment indicates the APC administration’s covert support for terrorists.
“This is because, in saner climes, the President would personally address the nation on the gruesome murder of many citizens under his care. President Muhammadu Buhari’s personal silence is deafening and points to allegations in the public space that terrorists are enjoying tacit accommodation from the highest level of the APC administration.
“It is indeed unpardonable that as terrorists were murdering our citizens in Owo, President Buhari was busy in the comfort, luxury and safety of the Presidential Villa, having dinner with APC leaders and conducting political meetings aimed at perpetuating APC’s fraudulent, insensitive, inhumane and vicious government on hapless Nigerians.
“Such actions by the APC and President Buhari, who has woefully failed in his promise to lead the fight against terrorism from the front, continue to encourage terrorists to carry out more terrible attacks on our citizens.
“The inexcusable stance of the APC also lends credence to the fears already expressed by Nigerians that there is planned orchestration of crisis by the APC in various parts of the country to derail the scheduled 2023 general elections.
“Nigerians will recall that the APC has never forcefully condemned terrorist attacks in Nigeria since the revelation that the APC imported outlaws from neighbouring countries to assist it in rigging the 2019 general elections.
“For the umpteenth time, our Party calls out the APC to come clean on the pact it has with terrorists for which it is sacrificing the lives of innocent Nigerians.
“The APC must not continue to use Nigerians as expendables in their ignoble pact with terrorists. Such is reprehensible, atrocious and must not be allowed to continue in our country,” Hon Ologunagba sressed.
The PDP’s spokesman also urged Nigerians not to despair but to remain unified and vigilant, noting that the party is taking decisive moves ahead of the 2023 general elections to “Rescue and Rebuild” the country from the APC’s misrule.
According to the opposition party, hope is indeed on the way as the nation counts to 2023.