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The Peoples Democratic Party PDP has slammed President Muhammadu Buhari for saying that only God could effectively supervise Nigeria’s border with the Niger Republic.
The PDP said the statement from Buhari, a commander-in-chief, is shocking.
In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, Buhari said only God could effectively “supervise ” Nigeria’s border with the Republic of Niger.
The President spoke while receiving in audience former Vice President Namadi Sambo, who heads ECOWAS Election Mission to the Republic of Niger.
The President spoke amid concerns about insecurity and influx of bandits into the country from the Niger Republic and other neighbouring countries. Recall that two weeks ago, bandits kidnapped schoolboys in Kankara, Katsina State.
But on Tuesday Buhari explained why Nigeria’s border with the Niger Republic was difficult to man.
In the statement by Adesina titled, ‘President Buhari pledges support for polls in the Republic of Niger, describes outgoing President as ‘very decent man,’ Buhari said, “ I come from Daura, few kilometres to the Republic of Niger, so I should know a bit about that country.
“ The President is quite decent, and we are regularly in touch. He is sticking to the maximum term prescribed by the constitution of his country.
“Also, we share more than 1,400 kilometres of border with that country, which can only be effectively supervised by God.“I will speak with the President and offer his country our support. We need to do all we can to help stabilise the Sahel region, which is also in our own interest .”
But the National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan, said the president’s comment was very unfortunate from a Commander – in – chief.
Ologbondiyan said that it was obvious that the President was deceiving Nigerians when “he claimed to have closed Nigeria ’s land borders .”
He said, “ Mr President has just confirmed what we knew all along that he had failed. How were our borders protected before he took power in 2015?
“It is shocking and appalling that the President, a retired general, who in his lifetime has been a military head of state and now a civilian president, commander-in-chief of the armed forces, will speak so loosely about a responsibility he was elected to discharge but has failed to. It has vindicated our position that no one is in charge of this regime.”