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Boko Haram: APC’s Enduring Stigma


With the anticipated Muslim-Muslim ticket by the APC, he said “all things considered, Jonathan’s regime is still a better option than a coalition of the Muslim extremists that is shaping up now with an aim to win next year’s elections.” In the midst of accusations and counter-accusations, the APC has been worst hit and it has done all that could be done, perhaps, to excuse itself from the accusations of links with Boko Haram.

In fact, the Coordinator, Joint Information Centre for Security, Mr. Mike Omeri, last week, said some undisclosed politicians have been arrested and were being interrogated in connection with the wave of insecurity in the North after some items recovered from suspected members of the Boko Haram implicated them.

And at about the same time, a prominent member of the British Parliament, Mr. Andrew Rosindell, raised some vital questions for the UK Foreign Secretary, Mr. William Hague, concerning the country’s engagement with the APC. While President Jonathan was yet to openly accuse the APC of links with Boko Haram, his party men have labeled the opposition as the sponsors of the insurgents. [eap_ad_2] A former APC member, Mr. Femi Fani-Kayode, who recently defected back to the PDP, made the matter worse for the APC with his orchestrated campaigns of accusing some top members of the opposition party as sympathetic to the course of Boko Haram. But the Publicity Secretary for the APC in Lagos State, Mr. Joe Igbokwe, however felt that the accusations were all parts of the ruling party’s antics to cling to power.

“It seems that the harassment of the opposition, Boko Haram insurgency, and impeachment of governors are all geared towards 2015 presidential elections,” he said, adding that “the ruling party is only making political gains out of the issue of Boko Haram by labeling the opposition party as the sponsor of the dreaded sect because every right thinking Nigerian knows the genesis of Boko Haram. “The late National Security Adviser to the president, General Patrick Azazi told the world that Boko Haram and the overwhelming state of insecurity in Nigeria is a product of PDP’s infighting and struggle for power.

“What happened to the independent day bombing in Abuja, which introduced the evil of bombing in Abuja? Even as MEND claimed responsibility for the bombing, the Jonathan government claimed that it was his Northern enemies. We dare ask, what happened to the investigation on that incidence?

“Ordinarily, I would not intervene on this stupid tag, which the PDP and its supporters feel will win them the sympathy of the same Nigerians they have raped and bestially decimated in nearly 16 years of corrupt and visionless government. What makes a so called Muslim party? Is it a party created for Muslims? If so, why is there large number of Christians in our great party?

“Our National Chairman, His Excellency, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun is a Christian and so are many of our governors and party chieftains. Come to think of it, how come that at this age and time, PDP is more interested in dividing Nigerians into Christian and Muslim tendencies after it had failed to use the enormous resources Nigeria has made in the last 15 and half years to make Nigeria livable for both Christians and Muslims?

“In a religiously heterogeneous society as ours, it is disheartening that a ruling party will spend its energies, not in bettering the worsening lives of Nigerians but in stealing and inciting Christians that it is stealing for them. What a shame! Christians should affirmatively protest this and tell PDP to face Nigerians on the strength of its scorecards and not on its pretensive religious inclinations. “Let me ask you, did Diezani Madueke spend N10billion hiring planes for Christians? Is the fate of Christians better than those of Muslims in this holocaust of PDP’s government? Are Christians spared the array of plane disasters that has marked PDP’s infection of the nation’s aviation industry? Do Nigerian Christians travel on better roads than the Muslims?

“Are our collapsed educational, health sectors courtesies of PDP’s thieving government, benefiting Christians more than Muslims? I can go on and on and on to enlist the shameful failures of the PDP. Indeed, Senator John McCain summed it when he dismissed the Jonathan PDP government as non-existing. Senator Hilary Clinton summed it up when she said the Jonathan government is riddled with corruption and lack of clue.

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