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APC losing faith in governments war against terror

04 July 2014, 07:34Augustine Osayande

Abuja - The All Progressives Congress (APC) alleged the Federal Government is losing the war on terror as the situation had worsened since the abduction of more than 200 schoolgirls in Borno State two months ago.

In a statement issued in Abuja by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said these terrorists have been striking at "places and times of their own choosing" on a daily basis.

“They are becoming more emboldened to carry their terror campaign right into the heart of the nation's capital, Abuja. Innocent Nigerians are being killed and maimed in high numbers across several states," the opposition stated.

“Instead of cashing in on the global outcry that followed the abduction of the over 200 Chibok girls to galvanize national and international action, not just support, the Goodluck Jonathan Administration has been chasing shadows, pointing accusing fingers at innocent groups and people, harassing the media and curtailing individual freedoms."

The party distanced itself from any links to the Boko Haram sect.

“We have said it before and we will repeat it here: Boko Haram is a clear and present danger to all Nigerians: Christians and Muslims; men, women and children, the rich and the poor as well as people of all political leanings and of all ethnic groups."

APC reiterated its earlier call for a non-partisan approach to solving the Boko Haram crisis.

The party said the Jonathan Administration should have the "humility" to admit that tactics it had been using against Boko Haram were not working and instead reach out to all stakeholders to find a way out of the national quagmire.

“The state of emergency, which has been renewed twice, has not stemmed the tide of attacks. Chibok, where school girls were abducted is not any more secured now as more attacks and abductions have taken place there," added the opposition.

"The terrorists, who used to strike on the outskirts of Abuja, have now taken their battle into the city. It is time for new thinking, new direction and new purpose in the fight against terror,” it said.

- CAJ News

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