By Dirisu Yakubu
ABUJA – The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has chided the All Progressives Congress (APC) governors and some serving ministers on their silence on the failure of President Muhammadu Buhari to visit Benue state over the killings of scores of citizens in the state by suspected Fulani herdsmen recently.
The party condemned what it termed a conspiracy of silence by “The same APC governors who in 2013, unleashed insults on the PDP and its federal government for allegedly delaying in visiting the fronts of Borno” at the peak of insurgency attacks, adding that they have suddenly lost their voices now that President Buhari has refused to visit Benue, Taraba, Kadnuna and other crisis-prone areas to condole with the people over recent killings.
The party in a statement by its national publicity secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, on Thursday, enjoined Nigerians not to forget that neither the APC governors nor any federal delegation had visited Benue, Taraba or Kaduna since the mindless killings and the traumatizing mass burial of victims that followed.
“It is unfortunate that the same APC leaders, who heavily criticized the PDP and wrongly accused it of staying away from troubled parts of the country, have become dumb under President Buhari in spite of his daily failures in governance and heartrending indifference to the plight of Nigerians.
“Today, Nigerians are heartbroken to realize that those they thought were patriots and messiahs never had any iota of goodwill towards them.
“The question are: Why have the APC governors and ministers suddenly lost their voices now that President Buhari has refused to visit Benue or show any form of empathy to the plight of Nigerians? Have Benue and
Taraba now become ‘no go areas’ for President Buhari?,” it queried, adding that “Indeed, this indifference calls for deeper reflection by Nigerians.”
While pledging to continue to defend the interest of Nigerians at all times, the PDP urged the people not to lose hope, adding that come 2019, the ruling party would be chased out of power.