Word of cau­tion to Olisa Me­tuh


Peo­ples Demo­cratic Party (PDP) had many pub­lic­ity sec­re­taries over these years of it ex­is­tence but to me Olisa Me­tuh is just dif­fer­ent. He is not only not care­ful with what he says but also very reck­less in his pub­lic ut­ter­ances. Though with­out any sub­stan­tial prove, re­cently he has been link­ing the level of the in­se­cu­rity all over the na­tion but mainly in the North to some prom­i­nent op­po­si­tion fig­ures and or those that fallen out with the federal govern­ment.

In his lat­est pub­lic state­ment, as usual, af­ter any na­tional tragedy that fur­ther ex­posed the cur­rent federal govern­ment in­com­pe­tence -the Nyanya bomb blast in the out­skirts of Abuja, the FCT, Mr Me­tuh on last Tues­day ac­cused Gen. Buhari, for­mer Vice Pres­i­dent Atiku Abubakar, for­mer FCT Min­is­ter Nasir El-Ru­fai and Rivers State Gover­nor Ro­timi Amaechi of mak­ing ut­ter­ances that helped the in­sur­gency in the coun­try.

He said in­flam­ma­tory ut­ter­ances by these politi­cians against the emer­gence of Pres­i­dent Jonathan sparked off ha­tred and at­tracted in­sur­gents who started de­mand­ing the ouster of the Pres­i­dent with threats to crip­ple the sys­tem through acts of ter­ror­ism.

How­ever, Buhari had per­son­ally is­sued a state­ment last Thurs­day given the PDP sec­re­tariat a seven (7) days ul­ti­ma­tum to re­tract its ac­cu­sa­tion link­ing him with Boko Haram ter­ror­ist acts and ten­der an un­re­served pub­lic apol­ogy to him or face a le­gal bat­tle in the court of law.

Now, I think un­less and un­til he Mr Olisa Me­tuh and his party are made to know that they had enough of these reck­less ut­ter­ances and that it must be stopped, they will con­tinue with this di­vi­sive act that will only end up wors­en­ing the al­ready ugly state of our se­cu­rity. It is very un­for­tu­nate that rather than the PDP-led federal govern­ment which is sad­dled with the se­cu­rity of our lives and prop­er­ties fac­ing up squarely the is­sue on ground, it is al­ways look­ing for scape­goats to blame when ever things go wrong just to cover up their fail­ure.

If they don’t know how to guard their tongue, then some­body must teach them. No more play­ing pol­i­tics with our se­cu­rity. Please Buhari should sue both the PDP and its pub­lic­ity sec­re­tary even if they ten­der their apol­ogy. Yes! This time around, there should be no more ‘set­tling out of the court’. Only that will make them stop, Abati (Spe­cial As­sis­tant to the Pres­i­dent) has done that be­fore af­ter which he apol­o­gized but still Olisa Me­tuh re­peated the same thing. Now we are no more sure some­body will not re­peat it again even if they apol­o­gize.

Mustapha Sad­dia Bata­garawa @mustysad­diq


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