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PDP issues warning on terror-causing statements

22 April 2014, 20:35

Abuja - The ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has again cautioned the All Progressives Congress (APC) from making utterances that allegedly fuel violence and motivate insurgency in the country.

“As a responsible party, the PDP has made its point on the utterances, comments and statements by politicians which tend to influence and/or instigate people to violence and we believe that our statements have made APC and some of their leaders more responsive to their collective duty of verbal restraint,” PDP National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, stated.

He added, “However, we still decry attempts by the APC to seek cheap publicity by making classless, childish, immature and ineffective statements on terrorism matters. Sometimes they even speak as if they control their actions.”

The ruling party’s sentiments come on the back of increasing incidents of terror around the country, particularly last week’s Nyanya bomb blast that left more than 70 people dead.

Following the incident, the two political parties, APC and PDP, got engaged in a tiff with the ruling party accusing its rival organisation of being complicit in the attack through statements that allegedly fanned violence.

Governors from the APC subsequently stayed away from a key security meeting President Goodluck Jonathan convened to discuss the rampant terror.

Meanwhile, The PDP charged all political figures across board to guide against making violence-instigating statements even as it implored Jonathan and the 36 state governors to come up with a strong resolution to stop the trend.

The party also called on all Nigerians, especially respectable politicians to continue to unite against terrorism and all forms of tendencies that promote violence and divide rather than unite the nation.

“Our resolve is to join hands with responsible, respectable and patriotic Nigerians to highlight and promote our desire to live together in a strong, peaceful and united Nigeria. Our enemies are at the gate, but together we will keep them out as we continually watch our comments and utterances,” PDP stated.

– CAJ News


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