By Lateef Ibrahim, Abuja
The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Prince Uche Secondus has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to declare state of emergency on security in the country.Secondus, at a press conference yesterday in Abuja, noted that the level of bloodletting occasioned by the barrage of criminalities across the country can only be happening in a country without government. The PDP, the National Chairman stated, associated itself with the position of other patriotic Nigerians by urging President Buhari to respond appropriately to their timely advisories by declaring state of emergency on security in the country.Srcondus urged the President to go further to urgently address the various issues raised in the latest open letter by former President Olusegun Obasanjo to him (Buhari).The PDP National Chairman said, “Between April and now, the security situation in the country has gone from bad to worse forcing concerned patriotic leaders to voice out alarmingly to President Muhammadu Buhari that the nation is collapsing under his watch.
“Former President Olusegun Obasanjo in a timely tirade to the President on Monday raised all the issues and properly situated the security position in the country. “He went further to highlight the implications of the current state of the nation and where we are headed if urgent steps are not taken.”Before Obasanjo’s letter, the Catholic Archbishop of Abuja, Cardinal John Onaiyekan had warned the President of what he called “the cloud of destabilization hovering”.”Also the country’s only Nobel Laureate, Prof Wole Soyinka had to declare that the problem of Nigeria has gone beyond President Buhari”, he said.Secondus quoted Soyinka as saying, “The problems of this nation are beyond the solution that can be offered by this government, that’s the first admission; they have to stop thinking in partisan government.“There is a minimal level which any government, which has been elected to power, must achieve to be considered a true representative ofthe people.“Look at what’s happening today with cattle all over the place, that’s a security issue, which should never have reached this level if we have a leader”.Continuing, the PDP National Chairman said, “Elder statesman former Governor of Kaduna state, Mallam Balarabe Musa also joined his voice to that of these compatriots to urge Nigerians not to be afraid to tell the government the truth that they have failed woefully”.He added, “The PDP whole heartedly associates itself with the position of these patriotic Nigerians and urges President Buhari to respond appropriately their timely advisories by declaring state of emergency on security in the country and go further urgently to address the issues raised in Obasanjo’s letter.”The level of bloodletting occasioned by the barrage of criminalities across the country can only be happening in a country without government. “The killing of Mrs. Funke Olakunrin, daughter of Pa Reuben Fasoranti, leader of the Yoruba socio cultural organization, Afenifere is the height of murdering of innocent Nigerians across the land.”It certainly cannot be well for a nation that creates an ugly situation where a 94 year old Nationalist would be burying her 58 year old daughter. Sad!.This certainly is not Nigeria of our dream”, he said.