PANDEF to FG: Stop abusing elder statesmen, address escalating insecurity

PANDEF to FG: Stop abusing elder statesmen, address escalating insecurity

- PANDEF has told President Buhari to caution his aides against insulting Nigerian elder statesmen

- The group said that presidency has chosen to disparage the elder statesmen rather than seek ways of engaging the people

- It, however, urged Buhari to find a lasting solution to the incessant killings in Nigeria

The Niger Delta People Forum (PANDEF), the umbrella body of traditional rulers, leaders and stakeholders of Niger Delta region on Monday, July 23, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to caution his aides to stop insulting elder statesmen and women facilitating dialogue and understanding among the people of the different geo-political zones.

Vanguard reports that the group said that rather than seek ways of engaging the people, the presidency has chosen to disparage the elder statesmen.

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NAIJ.com gathered that the PANDEF, in a statement by its national secretary, Alfred Mulade, said that Buhari should realise that Nigerians were tired of his appeals for patience and repeated assurances in the face of protracted killings ravaging different parts of the country.

He said: “It is sad that instead of seeking ways of engaging the people, the spokesmen of President Buhari’s government had chosen to insult reputable statesmen and women, who are facilitating dialogue and understanding amongst the peoples of the different geo-political zones.

“Buhari should realise that Nigerians are tired of his appeals for patience and repeated assurances in the face of protracted killings ravaging different parts of the country.

“Resorting to insulting and humiliating those with contrary opinions will also not address the herculean security challenges the country is faced with. What is needed, and urgently too, is a holistic overhaul of the entire security architecture of the country to restore security and stability, as well as to adequately protect the lives and property of citizens.

“The statement credited to presidential spokespersons to the effect that the Buhari government’s response to the killings was the ongoing military operations and the establishment of new Air Force and Army formations, is not tenable in every respect, in the face of continuous killings of innocent Nigerians.”

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Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had previously reported that the aircraft conveying leaders of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Afenifere, Pan Niger Delta Forum, (PANDEF), Monday, July 16, was reportedly denied landing permit at the Makurdi airport by the Air Force authorities, where they had scheduled to attend the Middle-Belt conference.

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Source: Naija.ng

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