APC slams Jonathan, PDP over Boko Haram label
The All Progressives Congress (APC) yesterday described as reckless the accusation by Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that it is behind the Boko Haram insurgency.
The Interim National Publicity Secretary of APC, Alhaji Lai Mohammed in an interview with newsmen in his country home Oro, Kwara state also took a swipe on President Goodluck Jonathan, saying his reaction does not portray him as somebody who is genuinely concerned about the plights of Nigerians.
On the accusation by PDP spokesman, Olisa Metuh that APC was behind insurgency, Mohammed said, “It is quite reckless and unfortunate that anybody without any proof will come and make such senseless accusation. Who are our leaders they are accusing of supporting Boko Haram? Who are our leaders that you are accusing of being fanatical Muslims? They will mention Buhari.”
He said “for many Nigerians, we are ruled by emotion not by fact. In 1983 December when Buhari came to power he had a Muslim second in command, Tunde Idiagbon, yet Buhari refused to drag Nigerians to OIC. Is there any further that this is a man that believes that Nigeria should not be divided on the ground of religion. Why have Nigerians forgotten this? Nigerians have also forgotten that our forefathers, our former leaders ran away from everything that will divide us especially in terms religion and ethnicity?”
According to him, “This government has no brought religion and ethnicity to the forefront. It is very sad and it pains me when Nigerians show hook, line and sinker accusation from the PDP that APC is behind religious uprising. What would APC gain the people they want to govern; from destroying the economy of these states.
“… 24 hours after the Nyanya bomb blast, he would not leave Abuja to go and be dancing in Kano or leave for Olubadan centenary to go and be drinking champagne when we have over 75 people roasted alive.”
The APC spokesman restated the party’s call for the convocation of a national security summit different from the ongoing national confab.
“What is happening in Nigeria today is simply failure of government. What happened in Nyanya was failure of intelligence and it is a combination of corruption and incompetence.”
“How can government tell us they spent N86 billion to install closed circuits cameras (CCTV) in Abuja and yet none is working today?,” he asked.
“It is worrisome about the Boko Haram insurgency because going by the statement credited to the Governor of Akwa Ibom Godswill Akpabio to the effect that President Goodluck Jonathan should sack the three governors of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states, not for any reason but because it will give the PDP an advantage towards 2015,” he said.