The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, on Sunday stated that the “refusal” of President Muhammadu Buhari to visit Benue State to condole with the people of the state over horrific killings by herdsmen was indicative of his “insensitivity”.
Benue State had on Thursday carried out a mass burial of about 73 persons killed by suspected Fulani herdsmen. The next day, seven All Progressives Congress, APC, governors visited Buhari at the Aso Villa calling on him to seek re-election in 2019.
Reacting in a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan, PDP expressed worry that the President was busy receiving some governors elected on the platform of the APC when tens of people were being buried in Benue State.
The main opposition party told Nigerians to note that no government, in the history of the country, had formulated “a divisive body language” like the APC-controlled Federal Government, saying “citizens painfully bear the brunt”.
Ologbondiyan said, “It is very sad to note that in its insensitivity, the Federal Government did not consider it important to send a delegation to the burial of those massacred in Benue and till date, there has been no Presidential visit of any sort to commiserate with the people of Benue and other states where Nigerians are being slaughtered by bandits under the APC regime.
“The PDP is worried that while innocent Nigerians were still being slaughtered and families crying out for help, the President was busy receiving APC governors on orchestrated self-serving visit to Aso Rock to endorse his personal ambition for a second tenure; a time when a soothing word and practical action from his Presidency would have helped ease the pain and reassure the people.
“While we painfully note the failure of the Buhari-led Government to provide adequate security in the endangered areas despite early warning signs, his failure to visit Benue speaks volumes.
“Indeed, such a disposition is believed to be emboldening the marauders to continue their killing spree, divide and further plunge the nation into turmoil like the attacks in Kaduna, Taraba, Adamawa and other states.”