The opposition Peoples Democratic Party has described President Muhammadu Buhari’s visit to troubled states in the country as an afterthought aimed at garnering votes in 2019.
Kola Ologbondiyan, the PDP’s spokesperson said this in a statement he issued on Monday.
“The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) considers President Mohammadu Buhari’s plan to visit Taraba and other states where Nigerians have been victims of a killing spree as an afterthought and a fresh device to further hoodwink the people ahead of the 2019 general elections”, he said.
“It is alarming that Mr. President will consider visiting some of these states months after marauders, insurgents and bandits committed their havocs.
“Mr. President has been in the country and never thought it necessary to pay a condolence visit to any of these states until Nigerians raised the alarm alleging a manifest indifference on his part.
“It is even more pathetic that in Benue state, President Buhari summoned the leaders of the bereaved people to the Presidential villa, Abuja, rather than complying with the age-long tradition of Africans by visiting the bereaved.
“No wonder many Nigerians have dismissed the planned visits of President Buhari to these states as cosmetic afterthought. Nigerians have already formed their opinion of him, and rightly so, as a President that has never shown them concern in their time of need.”