The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) declared the public statements made by the Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, stating its stand to be that the All Progressives Congress (APC) administration know the whereabouts and plans of the bandits and have purposely refused to take any necessary action.
The party said the revelation also by the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, that some members of the APC-led Federal Executive Council frustrated his request to install security surveillance equipment to avert terrorist attacks on the Kaduna-Abuja rail track confirms that the APC administration is complicit.
El-Rufai had been quoted as saying, “We know where their camps are, we know where they are, the SSS has their phone numbers, they listen to them and they give me report…”
Similarly, Amaechi had said, “We knew what the problems will be. We knew we needed to have digital security equipment … I warned that lives will be lost and now lives are lost … When you come with sincerity to the government and your colleagues are stopping you, it is annoying.”
The PDP, however, described the statements made by El-Rufai and Amaechi as troubling.
“These revelations from high-ranking APC public officials who are in the
position to know is troubling as they are unequivocal confirmation that APC leaders are in league with terrorists,” he said.
A statement by Debo Ologunagba, the National Publicity Secretary of the party, said, “It is therefore not surprising that President Muhammadu Buhari insists on retaining a self-confessed terrorist apologist, Dr. Isa Pantami to continue to head the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy which is indispensable in any meaningful fight against terrorism in the country.”
The statement reads in part: “Nigerians will recall that the PDP has variously and consistently requested for a total overhaul and change of guard at the Ministry of Communications, which advice, like every other from Nigerians have been ignored, arising from the culture of arrogance in failure of the APC.
“The fact that the Buhari-led government atrociously refused to act despite having full intelligence on the whereabouts, as well as the plans of the terrorists, confirms grave complicity and conspiracy against our nation at the very top level of the APC government’s security command and control coordination structure.
“It also confirms that the APC government has conceded sovereignty over a part of our country to terrorists who, as a former APC leader confessed, were brought from neighbouring countries by the APC as ‘political mercenaries’ to rig the 2019 general elections.
“That informs why the APC is deliberately suppressing information and exposing our brave and gallant armed forces to harm’s way while watching innocent Nigerians perish in the hands of terrorists.
“This is consistent with the character of the APC administration which places low or no premium on the lives of Nigerians as evidenced in the huge number of our compatriots killed since the APC took over governance in 2015. To the APC government; every Nigerian is a dot in a circle which is considered inconsequential.
“This also apparently reveals why the APC administration has refused to adequately seek or accept assistance from foreign nations, even when offered, to track and plug sources of funding for terrorism in our country.
“In any case, Nigerians can recall how ahead of the 2019 elections, Governor El-Rufai declared that ‘those that are calling for anyone to come and intervene in Nigeria, we are waiting for the persons that will come and intervene, they will go back in body bags’.
“The question to ask is, who were those that El-Rufai had in mind will implement his body bag threat?
“It is clear that the APC is complicit in the many acts of terrorism in our country. Nigerians should therefore be united in ensuring that the APC is voted out of power in 2023 so that our nation can breathe a new lease of life.”