he Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has accused General Muhammadu Buhari, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, former FCT Minister Nasir el-Rufai and Rivers State Governor Rotimi Amaechi of making utterances that helped the insurgency in the country.
The party’s national publicity secretary Olisa Metuh, in a statement yesterday, said inflammatory utterances by these politicians against the emergence of President Goodluck Jonathan sparked off hatred and attracted insurgents who started demanding the ouster of the President with threats to cripple the system through acts of terrorism.
“When the PDP said that the All Progressives Congress (APC) is responsible for the spate of terror in Nigeria, many had an emotional response but it is now time to dispassionately focus on the facts in order to stop the carnage on innocent Nigerians, he said.
The party insisted that it was not a coincidence that after General Muhammadu Buhari “beckoned on his supporters to go on lynching spree should he lose the 2011 presidential election, an unprecedented violence broke out claiming the lives of hundreds of innocent Nigerians.”
He said also “Nigerians have not forgotten that former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, in a spirited bid to stop President Jonathan from contesting the 2011 election declared on the 14th of December 2010 that ‘those who make peaceful change impossible make violent change inevitable.’
“Atiku’s statement was collaborated by one of his close associates, Alhaji Lawal Kaita, who in October 2010, while rejecting the emergence of a President from the South, also said, ‘the North is determined, if it happens, to make the country ungovernable for President Jonathan or any other Southerner who finds his way to the seat of power….Even if he uses incumbency power to get his nomination on the platform of the PDP, he would be frustrated out.’
“On the 23rd of January 2014, APC Deputy National Secretary, Malam Nasir El-Rufai, said ‘The next election is likely to be violent and many people are likely going to die. And the only alternative left to get power is to take it by force’ this is the reality on ground,” the statement said.
“We were not surprised when Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi now a leader in the APC, in inciting his followers recently said, ‘I came to Bori to prove to you that you don’t need to run away from violence. If a man is chasing you with AK-47, you should carry achine gun and the man will call for peace.’”