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APC doubts govt sincerity against terrorism

21 May 2014, 11:34

Abuja - The All Progressives Congress (APC) has expressed concern at the Federal Government's alleged insincerity in the fight against the Boko Haram and search for the girls the sect abducted in Chibok, Borno State, last month.

A statement by Lai Mohammed, the Interim National Publicity Secretary of the party, carried the concerns.

“After agreeing that the National Convention of the Party will now hold in Abuja on the 13th and 14th of June 2014, the party proceeded to express its views and concerns about the Federal Government's insincerity in the fight against the Boko Haram and search for the abducted girls.  We make bold to say that the Federal Government has been very insincere in its persistent call for national unity to combat the despicable Boko Haram sect,” Mohammed Stated.

According to him, this has been manifest since the tragic abduction of over 200 school girls from Chibok.

“Up to this moment, the Federal Government has yet to reach out to the APC, the main opposition party, on how to forge a common front against this despicable terror group, despite our incessant efforts to reach out to the government.”

APC added that Nigerians would recall the party’s various interventions in which it stated that only a non-partisan approach could help extricates Nigeria from the death grip of Boko Haram.

“We have consistently called on the government to organize a national stakeholders' summit to put all hands on deck and how we have made a number of recommendations which we feel can help pep up the fight against the terror group. The only response we have received so far is that in which the government said it had implemented or it is implementing those recommendations anyway, in what clearly amounts to an unnecessary hubris and a cold shoulder,” said Mohammed.

He said while the Federal Government had been calling on the international community for assistance, it overlooked APC.

“A party that controls 16 out of 36 states and has over 40 Senators and over 150 members in the House of Representatives is too big to be ignored at a critical time like this in the life of our nation. A party that controls the three hardest-hit states by the Boko Haram insurgency cannot be excluded from any serious effort to tackle the insurgency.”

– CAJ News

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