President Muhammadu Buhari no longer deserves the designation of the Commander in Chief

Chief, PDP Tells Buhari

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says President Muhammadu Buhari no 
longer deserves the designation of the Commander in Chief, given his 
manifest failure to effectively lead from the fronts against bandits and 
terrorists ravaging our nation.

The PDP asserts that the recent declaration by his former Chief of Army 
Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, that, under the current approach, it will 
take the nation 20 years to vanquish terrorists, is a direct hit on 
President Buhari’s failure as a Commander-in-Chief.

The party notes with dismay that our nation has descended to a level 
where government officials and other prominent Nigerians have resorted 
to begging and negotiating with terrorists, adding that such ugly 
reality of a failed state confirms that the Buhari administration has 
surrendered the sovereignty of our nation to bandits, insurgents and 

Moreover, the recent statement by the Minister of Defence, Gen. Bashir 
Magashi, that unarmed Nigerians should protect themselves in the face of 
armed aggression by bandits and terrorists, further exposes Buhari as a 
failed Commander-in-Chief, who cannot stand up to the demands of the 
designation of his office.

It should interest Mr. President that a member of his cabinet has 
declared him ineffective as well as one who is incapable of commanding 
his parade and guaranteeing the safety of lives and property of our 

Even more depressing is the disposition of the Buhari Presidency to 
blame victims of terrorists’ attacks, as was in the case of the 
beheading of 43 compatriots in Borno state, instead of going after and 
apprehending the assailants.

Such tendencies against Nigerians exposes the lack of determination by 
the Buhari administration to fight insurgents which, in turn, emboldens 
the outlaws who had earlier been pushed to the fringes under the PDP 
administration, to resurge to unleash terror on our compatriots.

Nigerians have not forgotten the embarrassing situation where it took 
Chadian President Idris Derby to personally lead his troops into our 
territories to rout out insurgents and free Nigerian communities as well 
as our soldiers held captive by terrorists, while our President recedes 
into the comfort and safety of the inner recesses of the Aso 
Presidential villa.

Indeed, a Commander-in-Chief that cannot lead from the fronts, as 
President Buhari promised to, and who blames everyone but himself for 
his own failures, leaves much to be desired.

Indeed, our nation cannot afford the ongoing gruesome mass killings, 
bloodletting, arson, kidnapping and all sorts of mindless atrocities by 
bandits, terrorists, kidnappers and vandals.

Our party therefore charges President Buhari to end his administration’s 
lethargic and cowardly disposition towards the handling of security 
matters in our country.

Mr. President must stand up to the demands of his office and designation 
as the Commander-in-Chief.


Kola Ologbondiyan
National Publicity Secretary

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