APC gov­er­nors, APGA chide FG over in­sur­gency

Daily Trust - - INSIDE POLITICS - By Balarabe Alka­s­sim & Saawua Terzungwe

The Pro­gres­sive Gov­er­nors Fo­rum (PGF) and the All Pro­gres­sives Grand Al­liance (APGA) have con­demned Mon­day’s bomb at­tack which killed many people and in­jured oth­ers in Abuja.

In a state­ment signed by its chair­man and gover­nor of Imo State, Rochas Oko­rocha, the PGF ex­pressed dis­may over fre­quent at­tack on in­no­cent Nige­ri­ans with the federal govern­ment not be­ing able to cur­tail the trend.

The state­ment said, “As if fail­ing to tackle the Boko Haram in­sur­gency is not bad enough, the se­cu­rity sit­u­a­tion has de­te­ri­o­rated to a level where the so-called gun­men are now on the ram­page across Nigeria, killing and maim­ing at will with no re­sponse from our poorly equipped and in­formed se­cu­rity op­er­a­tives.

“Is it too much for govern­ment to at the very least, iden­tify the per­pe­tra­tors of these ter­ri­ble crimes?”

Oko­rocha added that with­out mean­ing to gain po­lit­i­cal cap­i­tal out of these un­end­ing dis­as­ters, it is plain the govern­ment has run out of ideas in the fight against in­sur­gency, eth­nic and com­mu­nal clashes as well as the spate of armed rob­bery and kid­nap­pings across Nigeria.

“It ap­pears that the federal govern­ment and se­cu­rity agencies need some new ini­tia­tives to boost their ca­pac­ity to carry out the fun­da­men­tal goal of govern­ment, which is the se­cu­rity of lives and property of cit­i­zens”, he said.

The fo­rum called on the federal govern­ment to con­vene an emer­gency meet­ing of the Coun­cil of State to dis­cuss the re­cur­rent killings and to put in place new strate­gies to pro­tect lives and property of the cit­i­zenry.

Sim­i­larly, APGA in a state­ment con­demned the act and called on se­cu­rity agents to fish out the cul­prits and bring them to book.

“We urge the federal govern­ment to sit up and take nec­es­sary ac­tions to pro­tect the lives and property of the cit­i­zenry in tan­dem with sec­tion 14(2) b of the 1999 Con­sti­tu­tion (as amended) which states that, se­cu­rity and wel­fare of the people is the pri­mary pur­pose of govern­ment. Nige­ri­ans ex­pect div­i­dends of democ­racy not car­nage,” APGA said.

By Saawua Terzungwe

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