ABUJA: THE ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has again blamed the main opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) for insurgency and the violence ravaging some northern states. The ruling party said no amount of “blackmail” and “wild allegations” against President Goodluck Jonathan could exonerate the APC from insurgency.
The party in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, said alleged inciting utterances of APC leaders, including Presidential candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari, fueled the problem According to the PDP, by going to the international media recently to distance themselves from complicity and in turning round to blame the PDP, the APC was asking Nigerians to forget the statements by their leaders that promoted insurgency in the country.
The party observed that whereas a statesmanly statement from a person of General Buhari’s age and status could have helped douse the tension in the land, the APC flag bearer chose incendiary remarks, which emboldened insurgents.
“Nigerians have not forgotten the spontaneous violence and mayhem on innocent citizens following inciting statements by Buhari and other APC leaders then in the defunct CPC, upon losing the 2011 presidential election,” PDP stated.
“The APC leaders have so far left no Nigerian in doubt of their party’s violent disposition as General Buhari in May 2012, remorselessly stated that ‘the monkey and baboon will be soaked in blood’ should he lose the 2015 presidential election.” PDP said Nigerians had also read and heard other ricocheting calls for violence and threats of parallel government from other leaders of the opposition.
“These are not just mere slips but incontrovertible snips from the agenda of the APC to sustain insurgency and set the stage for carnage after they lose in the 2015 general elections.” Thousands have died and over 1 million people displaced following the terror waged by the Boko Haram sect. Comment could not be obtained from the opposition.
SOURCE: CAJ NEWS AGENCY