APC governors, APGA chide FG over insurgency
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.