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APC slams silence around ex-militants’ war threat

2015-02-02 11:05
Presidential candidate of the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) Muhammadu Buhari delivers a speech during a campaign rally on January 19, 2015, in Kaduna. Buhari will face President Goodluck Jonathan on February 14, 2015 as the APC seeks to  ~ CHRIS STEIN

Abuja - The All Progressives Congress (APC) has slammed the Department of State Security (DSS) and the Police for their alleged silence on threats of war by ex-militants if President Goodluck Jonathan lost this month's elections.

The opposition party said the failure of the security agencies to act was an indication of their alleged double standard and lack of fairness

The party, in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Lai Mohammed, said it was insightful to note that the same security agencies that reacted with “hysteria” to the “harmless comments” by Rivers State Governor Rotimi Amaechi, had suddenly lost their voices when the ex-militants threatened to wage war on the nation.

“When Governor Amaechi said soldiers had the right to protest if their welfare was not taken care of, the DSS was at its most efficient level, with its voluble spokesperson threatening fire and brimstone and only stopping short of arresting the Governor, despite his immunity. When the same Gov. Amaechi said the APC will form a parallel government if the Feb. 14th and 28th elections are rigged, the same DSS and the police sought to outdo one another with threats and condemnation of what they called 'inciting comments', even when Governor Amaechi's warning was conditional.”

The party said now, the ex-militants had said Jonathan must be re-elected or they would unleash violence on the country.

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“In other words, it is immaterial whether or not he loses in free and fair elections. There is no clearer indication of impunity than the action of the ex-militants, who issued their threats in the Bayelsa government house, with the Governor of the state in attendance.

"More than a week later, the DSS has been missing in action while the police, in what can pass as a most shocking reaction, said they are still studying the ex-militants' comments," the opposition said.

"Even after former Defence Minister General Theophilus Danjuma called for the arrest of the ex-militants for their treasonable threats, and the ex-militants had the audacity to repeat the threats, the police still continued to 'study' the threats. This is simply unbelievable,” APC added.

It said the implication of the conspiracy of inaction by the DSS and the police was that, under the administration of Jonathan, there were different rules for different Nigerians.

“For supporters of President Jonathan, there is no law, there is no police there is no DSS. Their support for the President is a licence for lawlessness and irresponsibility, and if at all there is any law, they remain far above such law. That is why they could dare the entire nation by issuing such treasonable comments and get away with their action.”

APC called on Nigerians to take note of the alleged double standards of the security agencies, while urging local and international observers to closely monitor the activities of the security agents before, during and after the polls.

“On our part, the fact that the DSS and the police, both of which have issued their last warnings against those making inciting comments, have failed to move against the war-mongering ex-militants is a confirmation of what we have always believed

"... that national institutions have been deployed in the pursuit of partisan, rather than national interests under the administration of President Jonathan,” APC said.

Comment could not be obtained from the agencies.

- CAJ News
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