The All Progressives Congress (APC) on Monday said Nigerians can enjoy the infrastructural projects and agricultural revolution of President Muhammadu Buhari’s government only if the country is safe.
In a statement issued by its spokesman, Sen. John Akpanudoedehe, the ruling party said it will not play politics with the security of human lives.
APC’s reaction comes amidst the worsening insecurity across Nigerians with over 200 people reportedly killed in the past week.
Gunmen have been having a field day with kidnap for ransom in the southern part of the country, banditry in the northwest and insurgency in the northeast.
On April 20, over 20 students were abducted from Greenfield University in Kaduna State, with one staff of the institution killed in the process.
Three days after, three of the abducted students were found dead after being killed by their captors who demanded N800 million to secure their release.
After that incident, there have been continuous reports of abductions, attacks on security formations and the killing of Nigerians across the country.
Reacting, the APC said, “The issue of insecurity in the country has found expression in terrorist and criminal activities of Boko Haram, bandits, kidnappers, rustlers and recently the highly condemnable attacks on security formations in some states.”
The party added: “As a progressive party in government, we are fully focussed on identifying and bringing to book the perpetrators and sponsors of this hydra-headed insecurity monster and consolidating on our visible development strides. While the party sympathises with all affected by the security incidents, we call on all to unite against insecurity and criminality, however, expressed.
“Only in safety can we enjoy the current agriculture revolution which has seen Nigeria achieve self-sufficiency in rice and other staple food items.
“Only in safety can we enjoy the current infrastructure revolution that has witnessed the rehabilitation, construction and reconstruction of over 13,000 kilometers of critical federal roads, construction of thousands of affordable and acceptable housing and of course the ongoing national railway projects gainfully connecting cities and towns across the country.”
Again, we must not fall for the plot of sectarian opportunists and unpatriotic partisans who have swarmed the public space with divisive rhetoric in furtherance of their selfish plot to exploit the security situation for hideous gains. It is dangerous to national security and we should not let them succeed. The President Muhammadu Buhari administration is criminalising crime, not ethnicity. The president’s charge to the newly-appointed service chiefs was clear: “We are in a state of emergency. Be patriotic; serve the country well, as your loyalty is to the country.”
Our security services deserve our continued support and cooperation as they undertake their constitutional duty to safeguard citizen’s life, property and our territorial integrity. In our private and public spaces, we have a duty to be vigilant and volunteer information on strange and suspicious activities around us. The President Buhari government will continue and strategically deploy all state resources in achieving public safety.
We must shun the antics and activities of unpatriotic and sectarian opportunists fanning divisive embers, promote peaceful coexistence, eschew bitterness and unite against insecurity and crime, for the development of the country.
From the Ogbomosho taxi driver who was born and lives his productive life in Kaduna State; the Igbo trader who is the Chairman of the Ladipo spare parts market association in Lagos state to the Kano-born Hausa businessman investing and building sugar, cement, petrochemical plants around the country and employing thousands. Despite our natural differences in culture, religion and ethicities, we are more patriotic, alike and united than bigots, sectarian opportunists and unpatriotic partisans try to make us believe. We have a collective stake in our country’s security and ensuring that Nigeria works for all.
*Sen. John James Akpanudoedehe, Ph.D.*
Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC)
All Progressives Congress (APC)