Akin Akande, Abuja
The Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) has fired back at the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) saying that alleged sponsors of terrorism in the country are mostly members of the ruling party.
The party rejected any attempt by the presidency and the ruling PDP to portray the opposition party or its leadership as terrorism sponsors, insisting that all alleged sponsors of terror in Nigeria are either within the PDP or somehow associated with it.
The ACN, in a statement issued on Tuesday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said the presidency and the PDP should tell Nigerians the names of all those mentioned as sponsors of Boko Haram in a well-researched article in the journal of the New York-based World Policy Institute, entitled: ”Anatomy of African Terrorism: Boko Haram, Nigeria’s homegrown terror network.”
It said that a quick perusal of the article shows a former Nigerian Ambassador to Sao Tome and Principe and a serving Nigerian State Governor, all members of the PDP, as alleged terror sponsors.
“Contrary to the blatant falsehood being peddled by the presidency and the PDP, not one member of the ACN was mentioned in that document, which is available to those who are more interested in seeking the truth than calling the dog a bad name just to hang it.
“We abhor terrorism in all its ramifications, and have never and will never support terrorism under any guise. But our stand on Boko Haram is also well known to all fair-minded people whose thinking has not been clouded by
political considerations: Terror has festered in our country largely because of widespread poverty/economic deprivation, massive unemployment, injustice and alienation of a large section of the society, all products of years of bad governance.
”For example, Nigeria is home to the largest number of out-of-school children in the world, according to UNESCO. What this means is that we are creating a large pool of possible recruits for terror.
“While these problems date back a long time, the rapacious PDP, which has ruled at the centre since our country’s return to democratic rule in 1999, and the painfully incompetent government of President Goodluck Jonathan have not made things better. It is therefore clear that as these evil twins PDP/Presidency) point one accusing finger at the ACN, four others are pointing at them,” ACN said.
The party has however said that presidency and PDP have clarify what they mean by the proscription on Boko Haram and Ansaru.
”This clarification is exactly what we demanded in our statement, and we can now happily say our work is done. As usual, we choose to ignore the use of uncouth language, needless vituperation and accusations that are not empirically-grounded – which are now the hallmarks of a sinking residency/ruling party,” ACN said.