The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Benue has expressed dismay over the alleged refusal of the current federal government to arrest and prosecute the leaders of the Miyetti Allah after they reportedly claimed responsibility for the killings in the state.
In a statement signed by its state publicity secretary, Bemgba Iortyom, the PDP said the APC, by that act, deserves nothing from the electorate but rejection in 2019.
“A government that has refused to bring to book criminal groups which openly claim responsibility for crimes against humanity committed within its territorial jurisdiction, such as Miyetti Allah has been doing over the years, such a government and its sponsoring political platform, in this case APC, deserves only one response from the suffering masses who have been at the receiving end of the actions and inaction of such a failed government, and that is a resounding rejection at the 2019 elections,” the statement said.
The party said the most important duty of the federal government under the control of APC should be to provide security for the lives and properties of Nigerian citizens. “Yet, this is a duty the ruling party has sadly and tragically thrown to the dogs, leaving helpless citizens in states like Benue at the mercy of murderous marauding Fulani herdsmen and other forms of crime and terror.
“Our sanitising take is that, APC in this regard which touches directly on the security of lives and properties of the citizens of the state, has once again, through its minions, shown the characteristic lack of sense of responsibility and duty the party is known for,” the statement said.
According to Iortyom, no responsible political party under the control of the federal government would abdicate its duty to safeguard the lives and properties of its citizens. The statement asked the government to stop blaming the opposition for the task it should carry out.