The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) demands the immediate sack of the Minister of Defence, Major General Bashir Magashi, for asking unarmed Nigerians to defend themselves against armed aggression by bandits and terrorists.
The party describes the statement by the minister as reckless, irresponsible, and proof that the Buhari administration has surrendered to outlaws and has no determination to fight them.
“It is unthinkable that a government would describe unarmed victims of armed aggression of terrorists and bandits as “cowards” while those who were elected and given the necessary resources to defend them recede in the comfort and safety of their offices in Abuja.”
“Such disposition to security; a statutory responsibility of government, goes to validate apprehensions that our nation is indeed descending to a failed state under the Buhari Presidency, where the government can no longer perform its duties while unarmed citizens are left to confront bandits and warlords.”
“Moreover, with such disposition, the Buhari administration is creating a lucrative job for bandits, terrorists, and kidnappers who are settled with huge ransom instead of being faced with firepower.”
“Our party however urges Nigerians not to despair at this moment but brace up as it has become obvious that we are now in a despondent situation where the government has shown that it can no longer defend the citizens.”