By Muhammad Salisu
The Buhari Campaign Organization, BCO, has tackled the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, over call for the sacking of the Minister of Defence, Bashir Magashi, over an alleged abdication of responsibilities.
The BCO’s National Coordinator, Danladi Pasali, in a statement on Sunday, stressed that the call was unnecessary as the minister had not in any way abdicated his responsibilities of administrating the security architecture of the country.
Mr Pasali, therefore, declared that the PDP lacked the moral compass to call for Mr Magashi’s sacking.
According to him, the PDP, for the umpteenth times, deliberately decided to pick the minister out of context, “in a show of their mere political quackery, politicising the country’s security situation which they failed to manage in their 16 years of misgovernance”.
“For the record, the PDP should have appreciated that the minister was trying to encourage Nigerians to be firm and coward-less of either the bandits or insurgents, thereby contributing to the efforts of our abled men and officers of the security operatives than mischievously castigating the minister and went further calling for his sacking,” Mr Pasali added.
The BCO helmsman stressed that Mr Magashi’s statement that it is the responsibility of everybody to keep alert and to find safety when necessary, does not mean that our security is incapable of defending their co-citizens.
“On the issue of resources to fight insecurity, the PDP should not hastily forget that, Nigeria’s resources to the tune of $2.3bn meant for our security were mercilessly shared for the 2015 electioneering under the watch of the PDP led federal government, a situation that has made us where we are, battling with its bad-governance, which has remain greenly fresh in the minds of Nigerians,” he said.
“It is further on record that amidst dwindling resources, the Buhari-led administration is doing far better than the 16 years of the PDP’s misgovernance, in terms of security equipment and personnel welfare.
“It is instructive to state that going by the PDP’s antecedents, it lacks the moral compass to call for the sacking of the minister of defence, Major General Bashir Magashi (rtd),” Mr Pasali added.