The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has urged the Federal Government to immediately create state police and a border protection force to combat the rising spate of insecurity in the country.
The party also called for the scaling up of manpower and better equipping of both the military and police, and the deployment of technology to fight criminals.
These were made known at a world press conference addressed by Uche Secondus, the PDP National Chairman, in Abuja on Monday.
According to the main opposition party, President Muhammadu Buhari has not deemed it fit to address Nigerians over the deteriorating security situation, describing it as disappointing.
It noted that the situation of security has become dire since Goodluck Jonathan, the last president of PDP extraction, left office, saying that Nigerians no longer feel safe as no fewer than 741 Nigerians have been murdered by bandits and terrorists from January 2021 till now.
“It is very clear that Nigeria is on the precipice with arms-bearing non-state actors menacingly overrunning our state and its institutions and daily eroding our sovereignty.
“These perilous situations have manifested through terrorism, banditry, kidnapping, arson, and inexplicable murderous rampage across our nation. The government’s monopoly over legitimate coercive powers has been compromised and torpedoed, with criminal gangs let loose across our nation.
“It is unimaginable that terrorists, who had been pushed out to the fringes by the President Goodluck Jonathan administration, leading to the successful elections of 2015, have since boldly reasserted themselves and are now taking territories in five local governments of Niger State, which is only two hours from Abuja. It is also important to note that the Governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai, who by his position, is armed with credible intelligence, raised the alarm that terrorists and bandits were making inroads into the towns in Kaduna state.
“Also, noteworthy is the alarm raised by the Governor of Nasarawa State, Engr. Sule Abdullhahi, that the Boko Haram were occupying territories in his State. A strategic and intelligent interpretation of these is that Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory (FCT) is surrounded.
“Presently, the nation has witnessed an upsurge of kidnapping in the FCT, further giving vent to the assertions of the Governors.
“In addition to this, is the escalation of killings, arson, bloodletting, and kidnappings of Nigerians, including our men and women in uniforms across the nation,” Secondus said.
In addition to the aforementioned recommendations, the PDP also stated that states where matters of national security challenges originate or exist should be invited to the National Security Council Meeting for deliberation and problem-solving interactions.
It also called for synergy and cooperation among the armed services, strategically and operationally, saying there is no reason a Theatre Commander should not have within his control the deployment of the Air Force, the Army, and the Navy in his operational area.
Furthermore, the opposition party demanded that all culprits who have levied war on Nigeria should be brought to book, noting that it is a shame that mass kidnappings and killing have been successfully staged with the culprits not being held to account
The PDP urged President Buhari to adopt its recommendations in order to tackle ravaging insecurity in the country.
It also asked the president to address the country, insisting that his practice of allowing his media aides to issue statements on his behalf in a time of crisis is a serious political malpractice.
“The administration of President Buhari should completely shed weight on arrogance, lack of respect for Nigerians, and its pretences of being an island of integrity.
“He should begin to engage the citizens directly. He should address the nation on the various issues escalating tension in the land and pushing the nation farther to the tips of the precipice.
“It is serious political malpractice, for Mr. President to stand aloof, say nothing, do nothing and simply wish that the problems will somehow go away. It is a great disservice to the Nigerian people for Mr. President to abandon his presidential duties to two media handlers who resort to issuing meaningless and annoying PRESS STATEMENTS in the name of an amorphous and questionable organisation called “THE PRESIDENCY”. Enough of trivialising governance and trifling with the lives, livelihoods and wellbeing of the Nigerian people.
“Furthermore, Mr President needs to convince Nigerians that his government is not shielding or protecting terrorists,” Secondus said.