The forum of former Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, ministers has slammed President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration for causing division among Nigerians.
In a meeting at the Abuja home of the former Minister of Special duties, Kabiru Tanimu Turaki, SAN, the ex-ministers expressed hope that the former ruling party would bounce back before the next general elections, which is slated for 2019.
Reading the text of a communiqué arrived at the end of a meeting which lasted several hours, Turaki condemned the menace of kidnapping and armed robbery even as it urged the federal government to rise up to the challenge for the good of the country and its people.
“The forum observes with great concern the deteriorating security situation in this country particularly the increasing spate of kidnapping, armed robbery and the unchecked menace of herdsmen that regularly killed, rapped and vandalized the farmlands of a lot of farmers in the communities,” said Turaki.
He added that the failure of leadership on the part of the Buhari-led government had caused divisions among Nigerians across religions and ethnic cleavages.
“The Forum also notes that as a result of the inept leadership of the APC-led federal government of Nigeria; Nigerians have never been so polarized along regional, tribal, ethnic, religious and other divides and we feel that this is really most unfortunate.
“The forum strongly feels that the APC government should be alive and up to its responsibility as a government to Nigerians and we wish President Muhammadu Buhari quick recovery and to return to his post as President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,” Turaki added on behalf of the Forum.
And in what appeared to be a rejection of the Senator Ali Modu Sheriff leadership of the party, the Forum pledged its allegiance to the National Caretaker Committee led by former governor of Kaduna State, Senator Ahmed Makarfi, lauding its effort aimed at making the PDP a party to be reckoned with.
“The National Caretaker Committee led by Senator Makarfi has been playing a commendable role in keeping the members of the party together and upholding the tenets of the vision of the party. The Forum therefore reaffirms its confidence in the caretaker committee.
“The Forum resolves to remain committed to the ideals, vision and mission of the PDP and we are determined to join other organs of the party in revitalizing the party into a virile and more credible opposition,” Turaki noted.