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The worsening security situation in the country at the weekend set the All Progressives Congress (APC) against the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
In response to PDP’s description of the APC-led government as inept and no longer able to handle the security situation, the APC defended President Muhammadu Buhari’s approach.
It said the PDP was “playing to the gallery”.
PDP governors accused the President of failing Nigerians at a time of grave national crises.
They said the Federal Government was helpless and incapable of responding effectively to the security challenges.
Besides expressing apprehension at the unrestricted incursion of Boko Haram terrorists into newer and inner territories, they also bemoaned the daily killing of innocent Nigerians, including policemen and other security personnel and the abduction of hapless students in different parts of the country.
In a communiqué after their Abuja meeting, PDP governors said Nigeria was descending into anarchy.
But APC Caretaker/Extra-Ordinary Convention Planning Committee Secretary Senator John James Akpanudoedehe, said the PDP governors failed in reading the government’s approach correctly.
Akpanudoedehe said: “While high-level investigations are ongoing to fish out sponsors and perpetrators of the security incidents, President Buhari has already given marching orders to our security services to check the security incidents.
“We pray the investigations should not reveal conspiracies by the opposition to weaken the government in furtherance of their desperate 2023 aspirations.”
Akpanudoedehe maintained that as chief executives of their states, who receive constant security briefings, the governors should not engage in divisive rhetorics that could embolden criminals in carrying out their nefarious activities.
He added: “This is not the time to play to the gallery, but to find real and lasting solutions. The latter is what the Buhari administration is doing.
“We urge stakeholders and indeed, all well-meaning Nigerians, to avoid politicising or being simplistic about the security situation. At a time like this, our duty to our nation as good citizens should outweigh political party colorations.
“The party and government definitely share concerns of well-meaning Nigerians, including PDP governors. However, let no one be in doubt as to the urgency and capacity of the President Muhammadu Buhari government to end the security incidents.
“We are however, confident that our PDP governors and indeed, all stakeholders, will cooperate and support ongoing efforts to quickly and permanently end the security incidents.”
Insecurity persisted yesterday with the killing in Kogi of Solomon Akeweja, a Kogi State Pension Board Commissioner. Yagba West Local Council Chairman Pius Kolawole was abducted.
Kogi Police spokesman William Aya, who confirmed the incident, said the two men were travelling in the same vehicle when they were attacked.
In Abaomege, Ebonyi State, a policeman was killed during an attack by gunmen on the police station.
Reflecting on the national crisis, Nasarawa State Governor Abdullahi Sule, who reaffirmed confidence in President Buhari ability to restore normalcy, urged the President to seek support from United State and halt the trend of banditry, kidnapping and terrorism.
The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) urged political leaders and security agencies to work harmoniously to resolve the security logjam.