The All Progressives Congress has asked President Goodluck Jonathan to put aside partisan politics and rally the nation against the worsening insecurity in the country, saying the incidence of Boko Haram seizing communities was not right.
The party described as unprecedented the seizure of Nigerian towns by the terrorist group and the reported fleeing of 480 Nigerian soldiers to Cameroon during an attack on a military base in Gamboru-Ngala, Borno State, on Monday.
In a statement issued in Lagos on Tuesday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party called on President Goodluck Jonathan to urgently address the worsening security situation in the northern part of the country.
The statement read in part, “The President must put politics aside for now and lead the nation to defeat Boko Haram.
“As an immediate first step, the party calls on President Jonathan to immediately halt the illegal electioneering campaign by his ministers, other appointees and supporters, saying Nigeria must survive as a nation before any party or individual can rule over it.
“These campaigns, ostensibly by the Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria but in truth being bankrolled by the Federal Government, offends national sensibilities at a time our citizens are being daily slaughtered and our troops are struggling against the terrorists who are bent on balkanising our nation.”
‘’Nigeria has never had it so bad. The country’s military that was being hailed worldwide for its sterling performance at global peacekeeping missions has now reached a level where its troops are deserting, engaging in mutiny or simply unwilling to fight.
‘’There is no way to spin what happened on Monday, when 480 Nigerian soldiers escaped to Cameroon. The Ministry of Defence called it ‘tactical manoeuvre’, but did not explain how soldiers fighting insurgents along Nigeria’s border with Cameroon will foray 80 kilometres into Cameroon.”
Source: Punch News