The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is sceptical of President Muhammadu Buhari’s allegation that his official visit to Zamfara State was cancelled due to bad weather.
The President was due to visit the northwest state on Thursday, January 27, 2022, to express his condolences to the state’s administration and people following the recent murders of 58 individuals in the Anka and Bukkuyum local government regions.
After commissioning several projects in Sokoto State, Buhari was anticipated to arrive in Zamfara.
While the people of Zamfara awaited the president, the state governor, Bello Matawalle, revealed that the president had informed him that his visit to the state would have to be rescheduled owing to poor flying visibility.
In response, the PDP dismissed Buhari’s argument of bad weather in a statement released on Friday, January 28, 2022, claiming that he could have driven to the state by road.
The PDP stated Buhari was frightened of travelling by road because he wasn’t confident of his safety, according to Debo Ologunagba, the party’s spokeswoman.
“We ask, did Mr. President cancel the trip to Zamfara State because of fear of terrorists?” the party said. Was Mr. President, an Army General in charge of our security equipment, frightened to travel by road because he was concerned about his safety and the deterioration of our roads while he was in charge?
“The distance between Sokoto and Gusau, the capital of Zamfara State, is around 206 kilometres, a travel that a leader who cares about the people and is confident in his security might do by road.
“Rather than travelling to Gusau to reassure Nigerians, President Buhari chose for a video broadcast in which he promised the state’s distressed people that he “looks forward to a more weather-friendly season when I shall visit.”
The president’s cancellation of his trip to Zamfara, according to the PDP, demonstrates that he is leading the country from behind, and that his attitude explains why the country is in such a “shambolic state.”
“This is another another tragic example of President Buhari leading from behind, despite his promise to Nigerians that he would lead from the front in the fight against terrorism.
“Such a stance on governance explains why our country is in such a mess under the Buhari-led All Progressives Congress (APC) administration, which is mostly apathetic, uncaring, and corrupt.”
According to the opposition party, the president should have visited Zamfara State with all the equipment of force at his disposal if he truly feels the suffering of Zamfara people who are “daily terrorised by terrorists.”