New party gives President Buhari 14 days ultimatum to declare emergency
President Muhammadu Buhari has been given a 14 days ultimatum to declare a state of emergency on national security.
The ultimatum was given by one of the newly registered political parties, Freedom and Justice Party (FJP).
The newly registered political party threatened to mobilise other political parties, Nigerian youths, Civil Society Organizations and well meaning Nigerians for a protest if the president fails to adhere to its request.
The party threatened to storm the National Assembly and foreign embassies for the protest.
This was disclosed by its national chairman, Dr. Onwubuya Breakforth, who addressed journaists in Abuja on Friday, January 19.
Breakfirth said the party would not fold its hands and watch the president and his party, the All Progressive Congress (APC) slide the country into a state of anarchy.
According to him, Nigerians voted for Buhari in 2015 with the expectations that, with his military background, he would bring his experience to bear in tacking insecurity and insurgencies.
His words: “Our country is in a war-like situation due to overwhelming security challenges, where innocent Nigerians have become vulnerable and living in fears of not knowing who will be the next victim like what happened in Rivers state, where innocent worshippers were murdered in cool blood by unknown gunmen.
“The Fulani herdsmen/farmers clashes in different parts of the country, the bombings, killings and burning of houses by Boko Haram and killings in Benue, Taraba and other parts of the country testify strongly of lack of security of lives and properties of citizens.”
While sympathising with Benue state government over the killings of 73 farmers in Guma and Logo local government areas; the party also condemned the herdsmen attacks and burning of houses in Adamawa state that led to many deaths.
The party also lambasted the president, who also doubles as the minister of petroleum, for not being proactive in tackling the incessant fuel scarcity which has brought embarrassment and untold hardships to the people of Nigeria.
As a way of tackling insecurity in the country, the party urged President Muhammadu Buhari “to immediately overhaul the entire security architecture, recruit and train a minimum of one million capable Nigerian youths in the next 6 months into the various security agencies in the country.”
While advocating for proper funding, auditing and monitoring of existing security agencies, the party also asked the president to address unemployment and the general sufferings of Nigerians.
The party chairman claimed the FJP was currently talking with 18 other political parties for possible merger, which would topple the ruling APC in the 2019 general elections.
To achieve this, the party said it would begin nationwide membership online registration, local membership drives, sensitization tours and inauguration of state chapters, beginning from February 1.
Meanwhile, the deputy national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Yemi Akinwunmi, has asked youths of the party to populate social media and expose the failings of the APC-led administration of President Buhari.
Akinwunmi gave the charge at an interactive session of PDP youth groups with the party’s national youth leader, S.K.E Udeh-Okoye, held at the party’s national office recently.
According to him, the party would have little to do by way of campaigns if the youths flood the internet with the failings of this administration.