The APC lambasted the presidency for criticising Governor Shettima’s over his comment on the strength Boko Haram.
The All Progressives Congress, APC, has condemned the spate of mass killings by members of the Boko Haram sect, calling the insurgents cowards for targeting unarmed civilians, especially women and children, in their dastardly attacks. The party also called on the Nigerian military to improve its strategy of battling the outlawed group.
In a statement issued in Abuja on Wednesday by its Interim National Publicity Secretary, Lai Mohammed, the party insisted that nothing can justify the slaying of innocent civilians. It said the terrorists cannot win the ill-advised war they have levied against Nigeria.
The APC condoled with the government and people of the affected states, especially Borno, who have borne the brunt of the attacks that have left scores dead and wrecked numerous houses and other property.
The group, last week, attacked Konduga town killing about 39 people, while 20 girls were also abducted from their school. It then attacked Izge, killing 106 people according to official figures, while Bama Town was also attacked on Wednesday with a yet to be ascertained number of people killed.
The APC said while the Nigerian military has undoubtedly recorded some successes in its battle against the terrorists, it is time for it to rev up its strategy in order to prevent the kind of mass killings which the insurgents have been perpetrating in recent times.
The party urged the military to increase its intelligence gathering capability with a view to nipping in the bud the attacks on civilians and military targets, including barracks.
The APC also asked the presidency to stop being “unnecessarily defensive” and concentrate on providing the military with all that it requires to defeat the insurgents. It described the presidency’s criticism of Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno as unfair and insensitive.
The party described as counter-productive the “not-so-subtle attacks” launched against Mr. Shettima by the presidency, for stating that soldiers need to be adequately equipped and properly motivated to subdue Boko Haram, which the party says is obvious.
“We know that several of the presidency’s attack dogs are terribly under-employed and that they need to face the klieg lights time and again to justify the huge taxpayers fund being expended on them, but the truth is that they ridicule no one but themselves and the presidency when they have to bark at the victims of the deadly Boko Haram attacks from the comfort of their padded offices in Abuja.
“Gov. Shettima is in the eye of the storm, so to say, and has wisely gone to Abuja to brief the presidency on the situation in his state after the last round of attacks. For the same presidency to unleash perhaps its most vicious and unrelenting attack dog against the same Governor amounts to bad judgement, which also undermines the fight against the insurgents.
APC commended Governor Shettima for his unflinching support to the military in its ongoing battle against Boko Haram, as well as the efforts of his administration to alleviate the sufferings of the victims of the terrorist attacks, urging him to continue along that path until total victory has been achieved.
The party advised the Federal Government to step up on intelligence gathering and provide the combating military personnel everything they need to succeed.
“The delay in acceding to requests from troops on the field concerning logistical challenges, due to unnecessary bottlenecks at the level of the political authorities, is exploited by Boko Haram to carry out daring and deadly attacks not just on civilians but on the military itself.
“It is absolutely important to provide the brave and patriotic personnel we have sent to the battle against the insurgents with everything they need to prosecute a successful battle. We must also ensure that we are not just fighting to win the battle, but to also win the peace,” APC said.