The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to learn from the President of Chad, Idris Deby on the fight against Boko Haram.
The party urged Buhari to speak out on reports that Chadian President personally led troops to route out insurgents and freed Nigerian territories and soldiers held captive by terrorists in northern part of Borno State.
The party in a statement by its national spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan, on Tuesday said its call was predicated on the fact that the development was already triggering questions among Nigerians regarding the commitment and capacity of Mr. President, as Commander-in-Chief, to lead the fight against insurgency in the country.
“The PDP is worried that the silence of President Buhari who, as Commander-in-Chief, had promised to lead from the front, is ominous and has opened our security apparatchik to a plethora of innuendos, claims and counter-claims in the public space.
“Our party is worried that Mr. President has chosen silence at a time, when again, he needs to stand up and take action to assure our citizen of their safety as well as efforts being made by his administration against the insurgent,” the statement read.
The party, therefore, urged Buhari to learn from President Deby and show commitment in the fight against terrorism “beyond speeches and empty press statements from the comfort of the Aso Villa”.
The statement added, “The party commends and immensely values the sacrifices by our gallant troops who are risking their lives on harm’s way to safeguard our nation against the insurgents despite the daunting challenges they confront daily.”
It called on all Nigerians to remain vigilant and continue to pray for the nation at this trying time.
The Chadian troops led by the country’s President, recently attacked and killed no less than 100 Boko Haram fighters.
They were said to have captured alive one of the commanders of the terrorist group and also freed some Nigerian soldiers and citizens, who have been in captivity of the terrorists.