By Kennedy Dimaku:
All Progressive Congress, APC has said the Federal Government and the ruling People’s Democratic Party, PDP are not sincere in the fight against Boko Haram Search for abducted girls. The party also said that the government did not reach out to APC ahead of its announcement of its extension of the state of emergency in the three states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states.
The interim National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed who made this assertion when he was addressing newsmen at the end of the 10th Meeting of the Interim National Committee of APC noted that the Federal Government has been very insincere in its persistent call for national unity to combat the despicable Boko Haram sect.
According to him, This has been manifest, more than any other time, since the tragic abduction of over 200 school girls from Chibok over a month ago.
He pointed out that the Federal Government is yet to reach out to the APC as the main opposition party, on how to forge a common front against the despicable terror group, their incessant efforts to reach out to the government, notwithstanding.
He said, “Nigerians will recall our various interventions in which we stated clearly that only a non-partisan approach could help extricate Nigeria from the death grip of Boko Haram. We have consistently called on the government to organize a national stakeholders’ summit to put all hands on deck as well as made a number of recommendations which we feel can help pep up the fight against the terror group.”
“The only response we have received so far is that in which the government said it had implemented or it is implementing those recommendations anyway, in what clearly amounts to an unnecessary hubris and a cold shoulder.
“The Federal Government that has been calling on the international community for assistance must know that charity begins at home, and that for all hands to be on deck, the APC cannot be ignored.
“A party that controls 16 out of 36 states and has over 40 Senators and over 150 members in the House of Representatives is too big to be ignored at a critical time like this in the life of our nation.
“A party that controls the three hardest-hit states by the Boko Haraminsurgency cannot be excluded from any serious effort to tackle the insurgency.
He further stated, “We therefore call on the government to stop politicizing the fight against Boko Haram and to show sincerity of purpose in its call for a national front to confront the sect.
This government must jettison its jaundiced, ridiculous and clearly-partisan view that portrays our party as the sponsor of Boko Haram. This is mere politicking and should stop.
He noted that a few minutes after the first Nyanya bombing, the PDP issued a statement blaming APC for the incident. Now that the masterminds of the blast have been arrested and none of them has been proven to have any link with APC, the PDP has yet to admit its
faux pas and apologize not just to our party but to the entire nation.
He maintained that APC remains committed to a non-partisan approach to end the
Scourge of Boko Haram, despite the federal government’s partisanship.
The interim Scribe disclosed that the party’s National Convention would hold in Abuja on the 13th and 14th of June 2014. He told journalists that the National convention Committee is made up of a 15 man committee with the governor of Sokoto State, Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko as thhe chairman and Senator Chris Ngige as Secretary.
He said that the leadership of the party has set up committee to reconcile those states that that have squabbles in the course of their congresses as in order to maintain the structure of the party.