PDP says APC may be seeking to promote an orchestrated inquest to exonerate itself.
The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has dismissed the call by the All Progressives Congress, APC, for an international probe of Boko Haram to unravel the group’s sponsors, as a reaction of a “highly apprehensive party”.
The PDP said the call by the opposition APC shows a party unsettled by recent suggestion by British lawmakers of a likely probe of the APC’s alleged role in Boko Haram.
In an earlier statement Sunday, the APC said only such an international inquiry will end, once and for all, the debate over who is behind Boko Haram insurgency and also to facilitate efforts to tackle it decisively.
The party called for experts drawn from the United States, United Kingdom, France and Canada, as well as representatives of the United Nations and Nigeria’s neighbours Cameroon, Chad and Niger.
It also said that representatives of the Nigerian military and other security agencies, especially the police and the Departments of State Security, governments of the states worst-hit by the Boko Haram insurgency, including Adamawa, Borno, Yobe, Kano, Bauchi and Jigawa, the Federal Capital Territory, the Christian Association of Nigeria, the Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, Civil Society Organisations, the Nigeria Labour Congress, the Trade Union Congress, National Human Rights Commission, the Nigerian Bar Association and any other relevant individuals or groups should be included in the probe.
APC also said major political parties, including the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and itself, must be represented on the panel of inquiry, whose findings must be made public and those found to have any links with the insurgents made to face the full wrath of the law.
”We hope the PDP-led federal government, which has led the incessant but baseless campaign to point accusing fingers at the opposition, especially our party the APC, will give its total support to the immediate constitution of this international panel of inquiry,” the party said.
In its response, the PDP said it was curious that the call came less than one week after an inquest into its links with insurgency was tabled before the British Parliament.
“Indeed, the APC statement betrays a party that has become unsettled and highly apprehensive following the increasing demand by the British parliamentarians for an enquiry into their links with the insurgency and violence ravaging our dear nation,” the party asked.
Last week, senior British lawmakers hinted at the possibility of a broad inquest into allegations-mainly by the PDP- that the opposition APC is behind Boko Haram for political gains.
“We ask, is the APC in a desperate move to pre-empt the British Parliament for fear of indictment or are they seeking to promote an orchestrated inquest to exonerate themselves?” the PDP asked.