“It is time for new thinking, new ideas to stop this insurgency before it consumes all of us.
The All Progressives Congress, APC, has condemned the bomb blast that left 71 people dead in Abuja on Monday. It also urged the Federal Government to urgently convene a national stakeholders’ security summit to help find a lasting solution to the spate of mindless killings in the country.
In a statement issued in Lagos on Monday by its Interim National Publicity Secretary, Lai Mohammed, the party expressed its shock and sadness at the savagery of the attack, while condoling with the families of those killed and praying for a quick recovery for the injured.
It said it is now obvious that all efforts to tackle the insurgency in the country have not yielded much fruits.
The opposition party said it is apparent that the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP-led federal government lacks the capacity and has clearly run out of ideas on how to tackle the violence.
“It is time for new thinking, new ideas to stop this insurgency before it consumes all of us. The attack, right on the outskirts of Abuja which has been spared this kind of spectacular strike since 2011 means those behind it are getting bolder and bolder, and it’s time to stop them,” it said.
The APC said in the national interest and in the spirit of bipartisanship, it is willing and ready to be part of any positive efforts to end the daily loss of lives and the damage to property that seem to have hit a new high since the beginning of this year.
PDP accusation despicable
Meanwhile, the opposition party has described as despicable, the ruling party’s attempt to trivialize a very serious issue and make the opposition the fall guy for PDP’s own failure.
The PDP had earlier on Monday issued a statement saying the APC should be held responsible for the bomb attack owing to the statements credited to some of its officials in the past.
In its reaction, the APC said “the PDP and the government it leads at the centre should realize that this issue is beyond politics and partisanship, and should reach out to other stakeholders to help find a way to end the insurgency that has now defied all measures, including a state of emergency.
”Trying to blame the opposition for the attack, as the harebrained PDP has irresponsibly done even when the bodies of the victims are still lying in the morgue, cannot advance a genuine push to end the insurgency,” the party said.
The opposition party said it wondered whether the PDP’s accusation is part of a sinister
motive to call the dog a bad name just to hang it.
“PDP is so desperate that it will stop at nothing to plunge Nigeria into chaos just to achieve its objective of clinging to power at all costs. Its baseless and infantile accusation, at a time of great national pain, may be a ploy to instigate a clampdown against the opposition.
“We are therefore calling on all our members, and indeed all the good people of Nigeria, to be vigilant in the days ahead,” the party said.
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