The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has said that Nigerians should hold the Muhammadu Buhari Presidency and the All Progressives Congress, APC, responsible for the negative impacts of the proposed travel sanctions imposed on Nigeria by the United States of America, USA, under President Donald Trump.
The PDP in a statement by its national Spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan, described the sanction as “yet another huge misfortune brought by the Buhari Presidency and the APC, which have continued to wreck our nation with its compromised handling of security issues, in addition to escalated bloodletting and human rights violation under their watch”.
The party lamented that the travel ban would have grave consequences on economic, educational, and healthcare opportunities, hurt family and social ties, as well as further put pressure on the overall national economy.
“More depressing is that the APC and the Buhari Presidency have been reversing diplomatic gains achieved by previous administrations, while gradually pitching our nation against other countries of the world, with its poor record on security, corruption, and human right issues.
“Our party is worried that our nation that had become a global destination and investment hub under the PDP, is now being pushed back to a pariah status under the incompetent and divisive APC, as reports from other members of the international community, including credible international organisations, have continued to raise concerns on security and human right issues under the Buhari administration.
“Only recently, our nation was rated as the third country with the highest level of terrorism in 2019, after Iran and Afghanistan, in the Global Terrorism Index rating by the Institute for Economics and Peace, IEP.
“This is in addition to damning reports by reputable organisations including Amnesty International, AI, Transparency International, TI, European Union, EU, United States Department of State, among others, which in various independent reports, raised grave issues of escalated corruption, violation of human rights, disregard to rule of law, abuse of processes, election rigging, and poor handling of security issues under the APC.
“The APC administration has failed to rejig its security high command, despite the calls by Nigerians, in the face of worsening security challenges and mass killings in our country, under their charge.
“It is also worrisome that the APC-led administration has failed to take a decisive step to apprehend and prosecute perpetrators of acts of terrorism, including the mass killings in Benue, Nasarawa, Bauchi, Taraba, Kogi, Adamawa, Borno, Yobe, Zamfara, Kaduna, Ekiti, Kogi, and other parts of the country, under the current administration.
“The PDP restates that such failures by the APC, have continued to bolster insurgents, bandits, and kidnappers, to continue to launch deadly attacks on Nigerians.
“Moreover, the APC have failed to account for hoodlums and political mercenaries it imported from neighboring countries, to assist in unleashing violence on Nigerians, during the heavily rigged 2019 general elections.
“The PDP therefore, urge the National Assembly not to relent in its efforts to take decisive action on security, as the travel ban is a wake-up call on our Leaders and all critical Stakeholders, to address the issues at stake.
“The party however, calls on the United States, to ensure that the ban does not hurt innocent Nigerians who are also bearing the brunt of the poor handling of security in our country under the APC administration”, Ologbondiyan said.