CAN, PDP criticize government, APC for insecurity in Kaduna – Nexus News

Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Kaduna State chapter, has blamed the government of turning the state into a graveyard, as it berated the incessant kidnapping and killing of citizens by gunmen.

The Chairman, Rev. Joseph Hayab, while expressing sadness over the recent train attack in the state, said yesterday: “Mourning is now an everyday ordeal in Kaduna, even as we have a sitting government with huge security votes disbursed monthly.

“Besides, the train attack further amplifies the vulnerability Kaduna people and everyone, who does business in the state, face due to the rise in banditry and terrorism.”

CAN called on the Federal Government to use everything at its power to subdue the bandits, who are having a field day in Kaduna and elsewhere in Nigeria.

ALSO, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has faulted the Nasir el-Rufai government of Kaduna for the height of insecurity in the state, portraying it as evidence of failure of governance.

According to Kaduna PDP Chairman, Chief Felix Hyat, the current level of insecurity in the state has confirmed that El-Rufai cannot protect the lives of citizens, and that his government has failed. Hyat, who is also the Chairman of PDP Chairmen’s Forum, said, yesterday: “The security malaise in the state is certainly not what the people of Kaduna bargained for.”

The main opposition party requested an urgent security summit in the state to seek lasting solutions to the problem, before it is too late.

BUT APC stated that the war against terror should not be left in the hands of security personnel alone. The new National Chairman, Sen. Abdullahi Adamu, after resuming office at the national secretariat of the party in Abuja, bewailed the Kaduna train attack.

The party noted that the country is not fighting a conventional war. “It is difficult to pass judgment. But we appreciate our men in uniform. They are doing their best. This is not just terrorism simplicity, as lawyers would say. I will dig into it and see what we can do.”

HUMAN Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has requested that the Federal Government arrests controversial Islamic cleric, Sheikh Abubakar Gumi, for continuously defending the atrocious criminality of terrorists and other marauders in Northern Nigeria.

Sheikh Gumi

In a press release, yesterday, in Abuja, the National Coordinator, Emmanuel Onwubiko, debated that Gumi had been outspoken as a ‘bandits’ sympathizer’, including requesting blanket amnesty for bandits and venturing into the forests of Zamfara, Katsina, and Niger states to hold meetings with bandits, turning the North West zone to a place of sorrow, tears and blood.

NIGERIAN Institute of Public Relations (NIPR) has sympathized with Nigerians over “the callous attack” on the Abuja-bound train.

In a press release, yesterday, the National President, Mukthar Sirajo, depicted the attack as unfortunate and unacceptable, as well as “a sad reminder of the descent into the abyss that the security situation, especially in that part of the country, has fallen.”

According to Sirajo, while NIPR commends the gallant role being played by security and law enforcement agencies to repel the bandits perpetrating the heinous acts, “it is clear that a lot more needs to be done to inspire the people’s confidence.”

Dr. Bashir Jamoh, THE Director-General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), has sympathized with the Kaduna government over the attack and the invasion of the Kaduna Airport.

In a letter to Governor Nasir el-Rufai, yesterday, the NIMASA boss expressed shock over the attacks, while sending his condolences to the families of the deceased and the people of Kaduna.

Jamoh implored them to keep faith with the government in their ordeal to find a lasting solution to the security challenges facing the state.

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ALSO, Socialist Party of Nigeria (SPN) has damned Monday’s train attack and sympathized with families of the victims as well as the Trade Union Congress (TUC) over the death of its General Secretary, Musa Ozigi, and its Kwara State Chairman, Akin Akinsola, in the tragedy.

During the attack, about eight persons were killed, many were wounded, while several more were feared kidnapped when terrorists blasted the train track at Rigasa area of Kaduna and opened fire on the train.

The party’s Acting National Chairperson, Abiodun Bamigboye, and National Secretary, Chinedu Bosah, disclosed, yesterday, that the Kaduna train tragedy showed the bankruptcy and incapability of Nigeria’s corrupt and crooked capitalist ruling elite to secure the lives of the citizens, let alone assure them of any reasonable standard of living.

Some of the reasons for these crises are the state of mass poverty and wealth inequality, unemployment, failure of successive capitalist regimes to ensure harmonious development of all regions, climate change, divisive activities of competing factions of the ruling class and the unaddressed National Question. Unfortunately, no member or section of the corrupt capitalist ruling elite has the answer to these problems,” they said.

SPN, therefore, requested immediate compensation for the families of the deceased, enough care for the injured and quick rescue of the kidnapped.

It also implored the Trade Union Congress (TUC), Nigeria Labor Congress (NLC) and the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), who also lost a member, Dr. Chinelo Megafu, to use the occasion of this incident to launch a national day of mourning and request from the President Muhammadu Buhari government an immediate end to the persisting insecurity across the country or resign.

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