The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), on Tuesday, said the failed robbery attack in Aso Rock on Monday shows that the President Muhammadu Buhari lacked the capacity to secure Nigeria.
in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, on Tuesday, the opposition party said the attempted burglary at the residence of Chief of Staff to the President, Prof. ibrahim Gambari, has heightened apprehensions over the capacity of the presidency to secure the nation.
Several media had reported that there was an armed robbery incident at Gambari’s residence early Monday morning.
But the The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, denied the reports of robbery incident. He, however, said there was a burglary attempt, describing it as “a foolish attempt.”
Shehu claimed that the incident that happened around 3am on Monday was unsuccessful.
But the PDP said the development further points to the collapse of security command structure under Buhari.
The party said: “The @OfficialPDPNig is alarmed by the invasion of Aso Presidential Villa by bandits and armed robbers, saying the development further points to the collapse of security command structure under President @MBuhari’s incompetent watch.
“All over the world, the Presidential Villa, as the seat of power and national sovereignty, is the fortress of the nation that ought to have impregnable security.
“As such, any breach of security, particularly by outlaws and in sequence, sends a clear danger signal to the overall security of the nation.
“It is imperative to state that such security infraction, that gave way for outlaws to invade the Presidential Villa in sequence, inspite of its perceptibly secured ambience, can only happen under an absentee President, who have not demonstrated the required capacity expected of his office.”
The PDP also recalled that there was a security breach at the Presidential Villa in June 2020, involving a shooting, arising from a bitter squabble between members of the president’s family and some security aides.
“Our party is worried that if President @MBuhari cannot guarantee the security of the Presidential Villa, then his capacity to secure the entire country is no longer assured.
“The @OfficialPDPNig, therefore, urges President @MBuhari to wake up from slumber, review his security architecture and take decisive steps, beyond his lethargic body language, to secure our nation,” it added.