The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Tuesday took a dig at the Muhammadu Buhari’s administration and the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) after the presidency said the government was not interested in making public, names of terrorism sponsors in the country.
Recall that presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina had said the Buhari government was not interested in making public, the names of six Nigerians reportedly sent to the Federal Government by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) as sponsors of terrorism in our country.
PDP in a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, said such refusal by the current government to name the alleged terror sponsors lends credence to its earlier position that the APC government “has been providing official cover for terrorists and bandits pillaging the nation.”
Ologbondiyan also accused the government, saying it’s decision now proves that such terrorists have connections with the APC-led government.
He said, “The PDP holds that the decision of the APC-led government to cover the identity of sponsors of mindless mass killings, maiming, rapping, kidnapping of our compatriots as well as the endless violent marauding of our communities under the APC watch, validates our stand that such individuals have connections with the APC.
“This unpatriotic stance by the Buhari Presidency raises serious national anxieties of high-level complicity in the administration and further explains the reported compromising of our security system in the escalated killings and acts of terrorism in our country in the last six years under the APC.”
The PDP spokesman further accused the APC -led government of failing to “take decisive steps to tackle terrorism”, but instead “negotiates with terrorists and even makes case for them, instead apprehending and prosecuting them, as witnessed in the beheading of rice farmers in Borno state.”
He said another pointer to the fact of a connection between the APC and terrorists is how the ruling party had “always failed to forcefully condemn acts of terrorism in our country.”
Continuing, Ologbondiyan said, “Nigerians can recall how the APC vehemently defended and still habours the Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, a self-confessed terrorism apologist, despite national outcry and demand for his sack.
“Also, the APC has failed to account for the bandits, thugs and hoodlums it imported from neighboring countries to unleash violence on Nigerians and muscle the 2019 elections.”
He called on the APC and the Buhari administration to immediately publish the names of the sponsors of terrorism if they both have nothing to cover.
The presidency and the APC are yet to react to these allegations at the time of filing this report.