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APC, Minister war of words of Rivers problems

31 January 2014, 07:58Augustine Osayande

Abuja - The All Progressives Congress (APC) accused Minister of Information Labaran Maku of lack of commitment to resolving the problems in the Rivers State.

The opposition party, in a statement issued by its Interim National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, accused the Minister of engaging in an “emotional outburst” that was devoid of reason or logic after he described as “anti-national interest and anti-development,” the APC's directive to its members in the National Assembly to withdraw cooperation with the Executive until peace returns to Rivers State.

“It is interesting that an Information Minister who does not see anything wrong in the illegal use of the police to deny the people of a state, in the nation he is purportedly serving, their constitutionally-guaranteed rights of free association, free movement and free speech, has suddenly found his voice to rant at perceived enemies of Nigeria, when the real enemies are within the government he is serving. Where was Maku when a serving Senator was shot in Rivers simply for attending a rally? What happened to Maku's voice when an elected Governor was being harassed by a Police Commissioner who is supposed to take orders from him, going by the Constitution? Why did Maku not raise an alarm when Rivers legislators were locked out of the State House of Assembly chambers? If Maku wants to know those who are seeking to truncate the nation's democracy, he should inquire from the Presidency, which has been the pillar of support behind the anarchists in Rivers,” Mohammed said.

The party claimed the Presidency was finding it difficult to rein in the “impudent and unprofessional” Police Commissioner in Rivers State, Joseph Mbu.

“If the Presidency wants the legislative cooperation of our members today, all he has to do is to call Mbu to order by telling him to face, squarely, his policing duty and leave politics to politicians; and also ensure that no other part of the country is allowed to descend into a state of anarchy just because the Presidency wants it to happen for reasons that are everything but in the national interest. Maku, the summary of our statement is that the Presidency should be held responsible for the face-off that has now rankled you so much. Rest assured, however, that the face-off will not last another 24 hours if the Presidency would stop playing the puppeteer in the Rivers crisis.”

– CAJ News


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