President Muhammadu Buhari has been criticized for his nonchalant attitude towards the plight of Nigerians who have been abducted and suffering in the hands of terrorists across the country.
One of such critics is an All Progressives Congress (APC) Stalwart in Niger state, Comrade Jonathan Vatsa who berated President Muhammadu Buhari after a recent video showing suspected members of the Islamic State of West African Province (ISWAP) torturing the remaining victims of the Abuja-Kaduna train attack went viral.
It should be noted that millions of Nigerians have continued to react to the new video which has both the elderly, women and children, Vatsa told President Muhammadu Buhari that “you and your government have failed Nigerians.”
Vatsa, a former APC Publicity Secretary in Niger state on Sunday described the video as a “huge embarrassment not only to the government but the entire Nigerians both home and in the diaspora”.
He particularly accused the President for always issuing political directives to security agencies through their heads without any action, stressing that “these directives to Security heads always ended up in ASO Rock (Presidential Villa).
According to Vatsa, “no matter the so-called achievements, any government that failed to protect the lives and properties of the citizens has failed the people and should honorably apologize to the people. Unfortunately, African leaders don’t resign from office”.
Vatsa who was reacting to the viral video said in a statement titled “Do we still have a government in this country?
“There is no country in the world where a government will watch and deliberately refuse to protect the lives of its citizens like the current situation in Nigeria.
“It is unfortunate that this government that the Nigerian masses brought into power through their votes will create an impression in the minds of Nigerians forever that the Nigerian Army and other security agencies have no power to secure the release of these train victims and other kidnapped victims across the country.
The former Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism in the state also queried the government saying, “I think this a deliberate plan to enrich a particular ethnic tribe through proceeds of crime and criminality. This government has never made any attempts to rescue any kidnapped victim in this country, instead the families of victims struggle to pay hundreds of million to secure the release of their loved ones”.
Fuming Vatsa further lambasted the Buhari led government for issuing countless directives to security agencies to rescue the train victims but without action taken.
In his words, “this government is playing politics with the lives of Nigerians, especially the poor masses who brought this government to power. The poor Nigerians who bought recharge cards in other to purchase nomination form for Buhari in 2014 turned out to be the worst victims of this government.
“How can Nigerians be going through this type of trauma and the government is not saying anything. Do we still have a government in this country, I think the government is only existing in name.
“This government can not tell Nigerians that it does not know where these people are, pointing out that “they are in Nigeria Territory. The government is refusing to go after them, rather Nigerians should go and pay ransom in millions to secure the release of their loved ones, an indirect way of empowering an ethnic tribe economically”.
He queried that “with this train victims still in captivity, this government and the ruling APC have no moral justification to ask for Nigerians’ votes in 2023. It is not possible because what will you tell Nigerians when you go to campaign, when go to ask for their votes”.