By Umar Muhammad Puma
The All Progressives Congress (APC), Presidential Campaign Council has accused President Jonathan of not showing seriousness about the welfare and safety needs of members of the nation’s security personnel and is prepared to trade their welfare and security needs for political gains.
In a statement signed by Director, Media and Publicity of the campaign, Mallam Garba Shehu noted that the attitude of the Jonathan government to the cruel fate that befell more than one hundred policemen and operatives of the Directorate of the State Security Services (DSS) who lost their lives while on a mission to arrest the spiritual leader of the notorious Ombatse cult in Nasarawa State, last year, is yet the most glaring example of how callous and uncaring a government which claims to be democratic can be.
In serious countries, the government does not toy with the lives and well-being of its security men such that any act of violence visited on the personnel of the security establishment is tantamount to an assault on the nation as a whole. The action of the US and French authorities when terrorists attacked their Police personnel on duty is a case in point. These governments did not rest until the perpetrators were eliminated and investigation is still continuing to get to the root cause of the assault to prevent future occurrence.
In the case of the Ombatse killings of our security men, the administration of President Jonathan displayed incredible levity that shocked the nation and left a sour taste in the mouth of relations and families of the unfortunate slain security men.