By; NASIRU SULEIMAN, Abuja.
National Deputy Chairman (South) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and former Governor of Ekiti State, Chief Segun Oni said the incessant attacks and invasion of villages to kill innocent Nigerians hitherto linked to fulani herdsmen is politically motivate aimed at destabilising Buhari’s government.
The APC chieftain who said this while speaking to select journalists in his office at the National Secretariat of the party in Abuja, also expressed concern over the rising profile of the dastardly act.
According to him “this, personally worries me because these gunmen who suddenly becomes so notorious invading villages and so on are people that have always been around. But my guess is that many of these are sponsored by people who had so much money and want to create instability.
He said “I believe that many of these have political motives and people who just wanted to trouble the government of the day, who doesn’t want peace because they believe peace would also not be what they would want to see. It is very very difficult you will just here one version here today, another striking us there tomorrow like an organised snipers and so on. It is also a way of saying that what we are battling with is not ordinary.
Recall that, there have been series of attacks in some villages of Benue, Plateau, Enugu, Nasarawa, Kaduna, Taraba and other places, which has led to lost of several lives and property worth huge sum of money and in most cases these attacks are linked to fulani herdsmen, a situation that has heightened tension as well as apprehension across the nation.
The APC Chieftain was however, quick to stressed that the APC-led Federal Government has scored pass mark in term of fight against security challenges even as he stressed that Boko Haram insurgents have been decimated and that Nigerians should support the security agencies to consolidate on the success achieved so far in ending the activities of the terrorists.
He said “But one thing we can say for sure is that Boko Haram has been mutilated, I believe the average Nigerian can see that, can feel that and understand that, whatever is left of it let us encourage the security agencies to move ahead and move fast and take further control. I don’t think the security situation is as terrible as it used to be, no, it is not. Therefore, as far as security is concern, I would say that we have earned the past mark, but we can do better”.
Reacting to President Buhari’s resolve to treat the Niger Delta militants like the Boko Haram, he said, “I think is a warning, I think is a warning, you know at times a father would also warn his child don’t cross this line ohoo so that I would not, I would not ehnnn be hard on you. I think is a warning. And that warning let us also see it in good style, let us try and calm nerves down because the President is the president of everybody and it is in his interest and in our own interest that things must run normal and I believed that such warning, such body languages and so on would also have a way of encouraging people who genuinely want to see peace to go after it.
On the dwindling fortune of the nation’s economy he explained that “Well, the Public are right to expect that we would do magic, but the right thing is there is no magic way out of the problem on ground for Nigeria. The economy was trumatized by a government which only agenda was to win another round, therefore, everything that they could put into trying to win a second round even bastardizing the economy were all done and we are all here.
“Now, fortunately for them I would say they are not there any longer. The reality on ground is that if the previous government were in power by now Nigeria would have virtually packed off may be many of us would have been refuge by now. So is very easy not to remember where we are coming from. Yes, we are elected to do the impossible, we will do our own best I just want to plead that people should give us more realistic expectation.
“This economy must work, we must get Nigeria back, but it is not as quick as anybody could imagine by touch of a hand. So people are entitled to their expectation, we as a government we will do our best to ensure that the end would justify his course. We are not elected to run Nigeria for one year or two years, we are elected to run Nigeria for four years and before we get to an appreciable length of time I am sure, I am confident that we would begin to see very very obvious changes.
By; NASIRU SULEIMAN, Abuja.