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Published On: Thu, Nov 6th, 2014

Insurgency: Resign now, North-East APC urges own Reps in Jonathan’s govt

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fg-PresidencyBy Umar Muhammad Puma

The All Progressives Congress (APC) north-East chapter has called on all political office holders from the North-east of the country currently serving under President Jonathan administration to immediately tender their resignation letters for failure to influence government against an alleged genocide in the region.

The party also accused PDP led government of turning a blind eye to the deteriorating security situation in the zone in other to gain political advantage over other parties in the 2015 general elections.

Addressing a press conference yesterday in Abuja, APC National Vice-Chairman, North- East, Engr. Babachir David Lawal, criticised Jonathan led government for abandoning citizens of the region and concentrating only on his re-election.

The party also accused PDP led government of turning a blind eye to the deteriorating security situation in the zone in other to gain political advantage over other parties in the 2015 general elections.

Mr. Lawal said pending a change of attitude by the Federal Government towards the situation in the insurgency-ravaged North East, all political appointees from the region should resign their positions. His words: “I call on all political office holders from the North East serving in this government to resign en-mass with immediate effect. What are they doing serving a government that does not give a damn about the security and safety of their people?

“Who will defend our people and our land while all of us are all holed-up in far away Abuja as refugees? Who will rescue the people from the forests and the Cameroon mountains whilst its leaders are stuck in far away Abuja leaving in luxury and comfort?

“These are trying times indeed and all the good sons and daughters of the North-East whatever is their current status in the society must stand up for region. For, if we continue to remain silent who will speak for our people? Now that the government has abandoned the region, who will defend it other than its natives?

“Our farmlands, schools and all forms of commercial activities have been abandoned, thus rendering our future bleak. Our sons are being massacred daily while our daughters are taken into slavery or married off to depraved, uneducated and evil people who place no value on life.

“Our elders are either forcefully converted to their satanic brand of Islam or slaughtered like rams. In executing their evil and primitive brand of justice in the territories they occupy, they chop of hands and stone people to death.

“And they keep on expanding, winning territories with ease. Just within the last one week alone, towns in Gombe, Adamawa, Yobe and Borno have came under attack leading to nearly 100 deaths”, he lamented.

Mr. Lawal stated that President Jonathan’s attitude and that of the ruling party might be a confirmation of a deliberate plan by the president and the ruling party to decimate the voting population of the region, which is a stronghold of the APC, for political advantage during the elections.

“Is this too much to ask of our President? Please, help us tell President Goodluck Jonathan that the dead do not vote.

“Tell PDP that the fleeing refugees left their voters card behind and will not be able to vote either. Or, could this be a confirmation of the rumours that it is a deliberate plan to decimate the voting population of the region because it is a stronghold of the APC?”

While painting pictures of prominent Nigerians from Mubi currently serving in President Jonathan’s government, the APC chieftain said: “It is the hometown of Mr Bonie Haruna, the Minister of Youth Development; Hajia Zainab Maina, the Minister of Women Affairs; Mallam Ibrahim Lamorde, the Executive Chairman of EFCC; Alhaji Bello Sali, the former Head of Service of the Federation, and Sen Mohammed Umar Bindo, a serving Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Vimtim, the home town of Alex Badeh, the Chief of Defence Staff is just under 10 kilometres away, while Major General John Zaruwa hails from Bazza also some 25 kilometres away from Mubi.”

According to him, the inhabitants of Yola, the state capital had become edgy while its population had grown to over 15 times its normal size in just one week.

“Every house is now full to the brim and food supplies have run short. A curfew has been imposed on the town; may be to stop the people from fleeing from the fast advancing Boko Haram. This government, it appears, is more efficient at curtailing the liberties of its citizens than at protecting it from Boko Haram,” he said.

The APC leader warned Nigerians that by watching the North-East region burn, the whole country was risking being overrun by Boko Haram or its clones.

He, therefore, called on all Nigerians to come to their aid in whatever way they can, saying, the “North-East region is overwhelmed and the central government does not care. It looks like our sons and daughters in this government have either forsaken us or have no influence in this government at all”, he stated.


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