Abuja - The main opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) has decried the reported increasing seizure of Nigerian towns by the terrorist group, Boko Haram.
APC, which also raised concern at the reported fleeing of 480 Nigerian soldiers to Cameroon during an attack on a military base in Gamboru-Ngala on Monday, described the trend as an "unprecedented national embarrassment."
In a statement issued in Lagos by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party called on President Goodluck Jonathan to urgently address Nigerians on the worsening security situation in the northern parts of the country where Boko Haram proclaimed its rule.
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It said in the face of the biggest threat to Nigeria's unity and territorial integrity since the country's civil war, President Jonathan must also put partisanship aside and rally the nation against Boko Haram, which by all indications seemed to be getting bolder and stronger, to such an extent that it hoisted its flag over parts of the nation's territory.
APC also restated its call for an urgent national stakeholders' conference on security to help fashion a solution to what had now become a clear and present danger to the survival of Nigeria.
It further pledged its support for any sincere effort by the Federal Government to end the insurgency as quickly as possible.
The party called on President Jonathan to immediately halt the electioneering campaign for next year's poll and focus on ending terror.
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“These campaigns, ostensibly by the Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria (TAN) but in truth being bankrolled by the Federal Government, offend national sensibilities at a time our citizens are being daily slaughtered and our troops are struggling against the terrorists who are bent on Balkanizing our nation," APC stated.
It reminded that over 200 school girls remained missing more than 130 days after they were abducted.
APC said it was a "shame" that while the Minister of State for Defence, Musiliu Obanikoro, had been "prancing" around in Ekiti and Osun States marshaling troops to harass the opposition during the elections in those states, Nigeria had been losing "territory after territory" to Boko Haram.
"Nigeria has never had it so bad. The country's military that was being hailed worldwide for its sterling performance at global peacekeeping missions has now reached a level where its troops are deserting, engaging in mutiny or simply unwilling to fight."
- CAJ News