The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) caucus in the House of Representatives has condemned the continuous slaughtering of innocent Nigerians by herdsmen in the country.
The Reps said it showed clearly the failure of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government.
The caucus noted that the recent hacking to death of over 73 people in Benue State and more conflicts in Taraba and other states exposed the helplessness of the government.
The caucus declared its position in Abuja.
The leader of the PDP caucus Leo Ogor, who expressed the views of the group, pointed out that the government’s silence and slow response to killings suggested that it was not disturbed by the loss of the lives of its citizens.
Ogor stated, “The first fundamental duty of any government is the security of citizens’ lives and property, but it is deeply unfortunate, historically horrific and spiritually negative that under the APC government, the nation is witnessing endless rounds of senseless killings of men, women and children in Benue, Taraba and other states.
“Within the past two years, unidentified herdsmen have displaced Boko Haram in terms of mindless killings; it is unfortunate that once again, just like they did several times before, rampaging herdsmen in utter contempt for Benue State’s anti-grazing law, wantonly descended on Guma and Logo Local Government Areas of Benue State in a new year attack that left scores of dead bodies.
“Herdsmen now rank high on the Global Terrorism Index and nationwide, mindless killings, armed robberies and dastardly kidnappings have increased under the APC government, which now repays the overwhelming votes from the people with long conspiratorial silence and numb promises while the number of corpses mounts.
“Security is one of the three major commitments that the APC government guaranteed the nation at its inception, but in the usual pattern of elevating deceit and propaganda above all else, it has woefully remained unable to rein in worsening insecurity across the nation.
“Today, the result is that our gallant military personnel and other security operatives are immersed in tackling crises in all parts of Nigeria.
“Sani Bello, a member of the House of Representatives representing Mashi/Dutsi Federal Constituency died a few months after a kidnap ordeal on the way to his farm near Birnin Gwari area of Kaduna State last year.
“The following month, an Assistant Commissioner of Police serving in Zamfara State was abducted along the same road and many more violent deaths and kidnappings have continued across the nation.
“Two years of the APC government’s budgetary outlay for surveillance surpasses the entire amount spent on surveillance by various successive administrations since independence; yet it is curious that the government obtains no warning signals and seems unable to bring bands of rampaging terrorist herdsmen to justice,” the caucus added.