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PDP says Dapchi schoolgirls’ abduction contradicts FG’s performance indices


The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has urged Nigerians to hold the Federal Government responsible for the abduction of schoolgirls in Dapchi, Yobe State and other atrocities committed by terrorists against citizens, especially in the north.

It said the Muhammadu Buhari-led government has put Nigerians at risk by deceiving the people and issuing false performance indices suggesting that the Boko Haram terrorists have been completely decimated, a situation that made unsuspecting citizens trust a lie and dropped their guards in the face of real threats and danger.

A statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbodiyan yesterday said: “If the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led government had not dished out lies in a bid to score cheap political points for its ill-lucked 2019 re-election bid, more precautionary measures would have been adopted by the affected communities to ensure adequate protection.

“While Nigerians are appalled by APC’s recourse to false indices in critical sectors, it is however, the height of wickedness to give a vulnerable people false assurances of security when they are actually in danger.”

The PDP also described efforts by APC-controlled federal authorities to suppress information on the abduction as iniquitous, leading to conflicting reports and frustrating rescue missions, just because they seek to hide the failures of the presidency in ensuring the safety of Nigerians, particularly in the north.

The party said it was shocked that in their attempt to deceive, the Federal Government earlier informed Nigerians that some of the girls were recovered only for the news to turn out to be false.

It lamented that while President Buhari has not uttered any word of assurance, government’s visiting team headed by the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, only had a brief stop at the Dapchi School and made no effort to interface or even commiserate with community leaders and parents of the abducted girls.

“It is painful that Nigerians are faced with a government that has been heavy on propaganda and issuing of false statistics, while playing down on several atrocities committed against defenseless citizens

“Under the PDP, Nigerians were never told lies on the true situation of things in all sectors, particularly security. The PDP-led government constantly briefed Nigerians and carried all stakeholders along in our concerted effort in securing lives and property in our nation.

“Nigerians and indeed the world must hold the Buhari Presidency and the APC-led Federal Government directly responsible for the abduction of these defenseless schoolgirls as well as the killings in our country today,” the statement reads.

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