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Published On: Tue, Feb 6th, 2018

PDP urges Buhari to end herdsmen killings

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By Lateef Ibrahim

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has condemned the unabated killings across the country, with a call on President Muhammadu Buhari to come out clean on the herdsmen killings and address the nation on how to end the carnage.
The opposition party declared that the President must take responsibility on the protection of lives and property of Nigerians which is the most important of his responsibilities.
This was contained in a communiqué issued at the end of the meeting between the members of the National Working Committee of the party and its Governors in Asaba, Delta State.
The communiqué, which was released yesterday, was jointly signed by the National Chairman of the party Prince Uche Secondus and Chairman of the PDP Governors Forum Mr. Ayodele Fayose.
The party, however, expressed the belief that the Federal Government’s decision to set up a Committee to address the issues of herdsmen killings is a pretentious approach to a matter that requires firm action and leadership by the President in line with his oath of office to protect all Nigerians irrespective of creed, tribe and political affiliation.
The PDP also urged the President to henceforth direct the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to adhere to the Rule of Law by obeying Court judgments and orders such as the one involving the Ekiti State Government against EFCC and restrain itself from further political intimidation and harassment of known or perceived political opponents.
It l commended the judiciary for their commitment to the enthronement of
Constitutional democracy in the face of intimidation and harassment.
The communiqué by the PDP reads, “We strongly condemn the unabated killings across the country. We call on Mr. President to come out clean on the herdsmen killings and address the nation on how to end the carnage.
“The President must take responsibility on the protection of lives and property of Nigerians which is the most important of his responsibilities. We believe that the Federal Government’s decision to set up a Committee to address the issues of herdsmen killings is a pretentious approach to a matter that requires firm action and leadership by the President in line with his oath of office to protect all Nigerians irrespective of creed, tribe and political affiliation.
“The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has been the author of restructuring and this was further expressed in the Report of the 2014 National Conference.
“The All Progressive Congress (APC) as a later day convert of restructuring is merely paying lip service to a matter of national importance. However, we have mandated our members in the National Assembly to immediately commence the process of initiating a Bill to address issues bothering on restructuring.
“We urge Mr. President to henceforth direct the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to adhere to the Rule of Law by obeying Court judgments and orders such as the one involving the Ekiti State government against EFCC and restrain itself from further political intimidation and harassment of known or perceived political opponents.
“We commend the judiciary for their commitment to the enthronement of Constitutional democracy in the face of intimidation and harassment. We condemn in strong terms the massive corruption going on in the management of fuel subsidy regime which the Federal Government had declared nonexistent, while billions of Naira are deducted monthly at Federation Accounts Allocation Committee (FAAC) meetings.
“The PDP states and local governments are vehemently opposed to the unilateral withdrawal of USD1Billion from the Excess Crude Account by the Federal Government under any guise. We want to state unequivocally that neither the Governors’ Forum nor the Federal Executive Council has the power of appropriation of Federation Accounts as such powers reside with the National and State Assemblies,” the communiqué said.

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