“Blaming slain farmers smacks of support for insurgents” PDP blasts Buhari’s Presidency

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…Demands Buhari to apologise to Nigerians

Laraba Raphael, Abuja

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has slammed the Buhari Presidency over reported  comment by  Presidential spokesperson, Shehu Garba on the beheading of 43 farmers in Zabarmari  Borno state by suspected terrorist.

The opposition party described the comment as reckless, bizarre and smacks of support for acts of terrorism in the country.

Garba, was reported to have blamed the slain farmers for not receiving clearance from the military before going to their farms where they were eventually beheaded by insurgents

Reacting, the PDP said the comment by Garba  reads like  an attempt to “rationalize  the gruesome beheading” of the farmers.

The party in a statement  by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan yesterday said it is “outraged by the Buhari Presidency’s claims that the farmers were killed because they failed to get clearance before going to their farms; a statement, which is also an admission that the Buhari administration has been overwhelmed by terrorists and can no longer guarantee our compatriots a normal life.

According to Ologbondiyan, “Our party submits that it is weird, reprehensible and repulsive that the Buhari Presidency now seeks to turn itself into a mouthpiece of terrorists by this subtle attempt to rationalize the killing of innocent and hard working Nigerians.

“This unpatriotic stance smacks of support for acts of terrorism and mindless killing of our compatriots by a government whose Commander-in-Chief had promised Nigerians to lead the battle against insurgents from the front.

“Our party is forced to hold that attitudes such as the unpatriotic remark of the Buhari Presidency embolden insurgents in their ceaseless attacks in our country.”

Ologbondiyan futher accused the Presidency of graduating “from making bogus claims of having degraded terrorism to the embarrassing point of blaming unprotected and helpless Nigerians for falling victims of terrorist attacks.”

The PDP insisted the actions of presidency shows an insensitivity and “huge lack of empathy, which amounts to a spat on the grave of the slain as well as an unpardonable slap on the faces of the generality of mourning Nigerians. ”

“Perhaps this also informs why their party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), has not deemed it fit to have a word of lamentation for the death nor consolation for the bereaved”, the PDP said.

The  opposition party therefore called on President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately withdraw the offensive statement by his Presidency and apologize to Nigerians, particularly the people of Borno state.