The Conference of Nigerian Political Parties (CNPP) has expressed outrage over the statement made by the National Security Adviser, Colonel Sambo Dasuki at the London think-tank, Chatham House, calling for the postponement of the February 2015 scheduled election.
“We are outraged because the reason he adduced is puerile, bare face lie and a dummy meant to deceive the international community, portray Nigeria in bad light and scuttle regime change,” a statement by the group reads.
CNPP further challenged Dasuki to tell the world where the 30 million Permanent Voters Cards (PVC) he bandied is located; for without holding brief for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), it is common knowledge that over 60% PVCs have been collected nationwide.
CNPP said that it was “worried that the NSA had joined some anti-democrats and less than patriotic groups, calling out the Christian Association of Nigeria, Ijaw Youth Council, Federation of Middle People, and Ohaneze Youth Council to plant land mines to scuttle our fledgling democracy.
“Dasuki’s statement clearly exposed his gross incompetence on his primary mandate to secure the country; hence the Boko Haram insurgents escalated since his appointment on 22nd June, 2012”, the group said.
“The NSA should tell the world what happened to the billions budgeted for defence in the past three years under his watch, since he has turned the Office of National Security Adviser (ONSA) into procurement agency of the Ministry of Defence.
“Our understanding is that elongation of President Goodluck Jonathan’s tenure, automatically elongates that of Dasuki’s less than successful tenure” CNNP added.
It also alleged that Dasuki “deliberately abandoned the late General Andrew Azazi’s concept, his predecessor that Boko Haram insurgents are located in the forest and should be fought with Isreali Satellite Images, Drones and modern equipment”.
“Had Dasuki adopted the Azazi concept it could have been very easy to use satellite images to recapture the Chibok girls few days after their unfortunate abduction,” the group opined.
They went ahead to demand an apology from the NSA, “We call on Dasuki to apologise to Nigerians for his anti-democratic tenure elongation canvas and for calling our soldiers he under equipped cowards.”