Abuja - The opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) has called for an international inquiry into last week's alleged assassination attempt on its leader, Muhammadu Buhari.
The party said this would " unravel the motive and the perpetrators of the dastardly act that could have plunged the country into a deep turmoil, had it succeeded."
In a statement issued in Benin by its National Chairman, Chief John Odigie Oyegun, the party said it did not have the confidence that the Nigerian security agencies could carry out an impartial investigation.
“How does one explain a situation in which a man who is nothing but a pervert is now being paraded as the suspected 'mastermind' of the attack on Gen. Buhari?" Oyegun said following the arrest of a man who reportedly guised himself as woman.
"At what point was this man, who perhaps is nothing but a transvestite plying his trade, arrested? Is it not clear, from the statement released by Gen. Buhari himself after the attack, that it was clearly the handiwork of a suicide bomber?"
He raised further suspicion into the arrest of the suspect saying the arrest of the "pervert" and his description as a 'suspected mastermind'
had kick-started the process of "muddling the waters" as was usually the case with such high-profile cases.
“This is why an urgent international inquiry into the attack is desirable and imperative, and anyone who is committed to an impartial probe of the attack on the opposition leader should embrace our call,” the APC leader said.
The party added that the insurgency and its spin-offs were now clearly beyond the capability of the Federal Government.
Oyegun said the call had been further justified by the statements and insinuations emanating from the ruling PDP and the Presidency, both of which now seem to be pointing accusing fingers at the same party (APC) that was clearly the target of the failed assassination attempt on one of its top leaders.
“The questions to ask the purveyors of such repugnant theories are: Did the late Emir of Kano also stage the attack on his convoy? Did the other Emirs who were attacked, with at least one of them killed recently, also stage the attack against themselves? Did Gen.
"Muhammed Shuwa, who was killed by gunmen in Maiduguri in 2012, also stage the attack on himself?"
- CAJ News