The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Thursday, took exceptions to the make-believe justifications usually credited to President Muhammadu Buhari over the failure of the Federal government to stem the tide of killings and bloodletting in the country.
It also asked the presidency to respect the dead in the gruesome killings in Plateau, Zamfara, Benue, Yobe, Adamawa, Borno, Kogi, Taraba and other troubled states.
PDP spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan made this known in a statement made available to newsmen in Abuja.
He said, “It is indeed reprehensible that the Presidency in its usual arrogance and insensitivity to the mood of the nation chose to condemn the PDP for declaring a seven-day mourning and flying our flags at half-mast in honour of the dead and solidarity with the bereaved.
“It is disturbing that even in death, the Buhari Presidency still wants to deny these victims of callous murder the honour of being mourned.
“We are particularly appalled that instead of joining Nigerians in mourning the dead and seeking ways to stem the escalation of the bloodletting under its watch, the Buhari Presidency is engaged in morbid reference to past killings as if the lives of Nigerians have no value under President Buhari’s watch.
“PDP also promised that it would continue to identify with Nigerians at this troubled time irrespective of ethnic, religious and political affiliations and will therefore not allow itself to be dragged into a needless mire with the Buhari Presidency, which has shown by its statement, that it has no iota of regard for the lives of Nigerians.”
The opposition party, however, asked Buhari to confront the challenge of fulfilling the basic responsibility of governance by providing security to the lives and property of all Nigerians irrespective of their creed, tribe and political affiliations.