The Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) has vehemently rejected the nomination of its national leader and presidential candidate in 2011 general election, General Mohammdu Buhari as a mediator in talks with Islamic sect, Boko Haram.
An alleged member of the sect on Thursday declared that the group which has been staging insurgent attacks against the Nigerian government was ready to cease fire and hold talks, giving some conditions and nominated General Buhari to be part of those that will negotiate on behalf of Nigeria.
The party in a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Engineer Rotimi Fashakin, stated that the move was a “cheap propagandist endeavours of the PDP (People’s Democratic Party)” and it called on Nigerians to “reject this latest deceptive ploy by this PDP-led government and demand for more transparency in the governance of the nation.”
Political Boko Haram
According to the CPC, this move is the “latest gambit in the desire of this organically corrupt PDP-led Federal Government in diverting the attention of the unsuspecting Nigerian public from the on-going massive looting of their common patrimony”, as it heaps the blame for the insurgency on the ruling party.
“The People’s Democratic Party (PDP), as a corporate entity, is the harbinger of the insecurity travails of the Nigerian People for the sole reason of ensuring perpetuity in governance” the statement alleged.
The opposition party claimed that there are three variants of Boko-Haram adding that the PDP federal government is a “political Boko Haram”.
“The original Boko-Haram that is at daggers drawn with the Nigerian authority for the extra-judicial killing of their leader; the criminal Boko-haram that is involved in all criminality for economic reasons and of course, the most lethal of all, the Political Boko-Haram-which this PDP-led Federal government represents.”
CPC recalled that “President, Dr Goodluck Jonathan had once alerted the nation of the ubiquitous presence of Boko-Haram in his government- a fact aptly amplified by his erstwhile National Security Adviser, General Andrew Azazi.”
“Undoubtedly, the latest revelations by the State Security Services (SSS) on the complicity of the top echelon of the PDP leadership in Boko Haram activities aptly bear testimony of the noxious subterfuge to extirpate the essence of our nationhood.”
The party therefore rejected the planned use of its leader (General Buhari) in any mediation with the sect, noting that “without any scintilla of equivocation, General Muhammadu Buhari has never been directly or remotely connected with any insurrection or insurgency against the Nigerian Nation and her people.”
“He remains the quintessential patriot that continues to magnetize the very best across the ethno-religious boundaries within the Nigerian nation-space.”