APC accuses PDP of being behind Nasarawa crises

tanko Al-Makura
Governor Tanko Umaru Al-Makura

The Nasarawa State chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has accused the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, of being behind the crisis in the state.

The state secretary of the APC, Aliyu Bello, said the federal government had refused to prosecute those indicted by the commission of inquiry into the Alakyo killings.

Mr. Bello was responding to the state chairman of the PDP, Yunana Iliya, who accused the state government of taking advantage of the crisis in the state to enrich APC party members.

Mr. Iliya, on Thursday, challenged the state government to make public the beneficiaries of the N10 million United Bank for Africa, UBA, donation to victims of the 2012 Assakio crisis.

Addressing a press conference at the party’s state secretariat along Jos Road, Lafia, Mr. Iliya said government had not done anything for the over 120,000 people displaced by various communal crises in the state.

He said the state government was not sincere with the security situation in the state but used the crisis to its advantage; to siphon resources and de-enfranchise the electorate in the state.

He accused the Tanko Almakura-led administration of spending tax-payers money in the name of addressing insecurity while failing to achieve anything in that direction.

“It is also clear that the kind of money being spent in the name of security has led to a fraudulent practice where the state governor in broad daylight without remorse chooses to distribute relief materials to selected APC members in the name of displaced persons at the City Hall, Lafia instead of visiting the refugee camps to perform such functions,” Mr. Iliya said.

“The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has watched with keen interest the recent happening across the state in the last few weeks, especially the southern part of the state where communal crises have ravaged over 42 communities and some parts Nasarawa Eggon Local Government Area.

“Most of the residents have deserted these communities with only a handful in some of the affected areas. Communities from Adogi in Lafia down to the border with Plateau State have become ghost towns with close to over 120,000 people displaced and either taking refuge in Lafia and other major towns or in isolated areas for fear of the unknown.”

He alleged that the governor had ignored the plight of the displaced persons and continued to claim to know those behind the crises while failing to prevent the carnage as the crises continued unabated.
Efforts to get the state Commissioner of Information, Hamza Elayo, to react to Mr. Iliya’s claim were unsuccessful. He did not answer or return calls seeking comment.


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  • Steven

    As much as I see some reasons in this article, I also see it from another angle. Nigeria is multi religious a nation and that remains a fact we can never deny. If the xtians want us to be part of a christian coagulation, then they have the right to make the government sign such. Also, if the Muslims want same, they can prevail on the government to do the same. After all, Bush once called the fight in Iraq and other places a missionary fight and we were all part of the fight. No one complained. Was the USA interest then our own interest? On the other hand, all fight against terrorism now, Nigeria should be part of it cos we are facing it too. This will enable us exchange useful info and intelligence on how to fight terrorism. May God help us all.

    • kingbaabu

      Please show us where and how Nigerians were part of a religious coalition to fight in Iraq. Your contentions are a puff of smoke. SaudiArabia has never shown interest in crushing ISIS, on the contrary, there are numerous credible reports about how they have sponsored salafist terrorism. This new “islamic” coalition is just another front to enlist the unsuspecting into another proxy war against Iran as premiumtimes has correctly pointed out. We in Nigeria want no part of it.

      • muazu wali

        We always under estimate the quality of our leaders. The only way you can assist is to analyse the prons and cons of a particular position. It is counter productive to say government should not do this or should to that.

        • Strongiant

          I wish you had shown such understanding to all other leaders. You guys have a way of thinking that’s insulting to everybody else; it’s so disrespectful.

          • muazu wali

            A bad idea is always a bad idea. Incompetence cannot be hidden.

          • Strongiant

            Yes, I agree. But you don’t define those concepts for us. Now we must look at the center stage to glean “bad ideas and incompetences.” Don’t you agree?

    • International games

      Steven. We are first of all and AFRICAN nation. These people. Christian or Muslim are not AFRICAN. They are the people who enslaved us to Arabia and America.
      Do you remember that?

    • TrueNja

      Nigeria is secular country and can’t be a member of ISMAT. September 11, 2001 terror attack on the USA, 15 hijackers were Saudis out of 19.

  • FormerNigerian

    This article demonstrates what I am observing about Nigeria. It’s turning into a de facto sunni islamist state. No mention of Christians and the secular constitution of Nigeria in this article .Anyone would think Nigeria is now divided only between sunni & shia (which indeed the current political establishment believe to be the case).

    • muazu wali

      You have very short memories. When Jonathan was romancing with Israel an enemy of Islam the Muslims did not see any threat to the nation. Why now!

      • Strongiant

        That was in national interest my friend. You say Israel is enemy of Islam, but I don’t see it so. Besides the writer did not say Saudi was an enemy of Christianity. He gave cogent points, so stay in line, do not trivialize important issues – you could never be right.

        • muazu wali

          You are not a Muslim so you would not see it that way. The editorial rejected any cooperation with Saudi Arabia because it is Muslim. It means the same to me.

          • Strongiant

            Your response is typical: devoted and conclusive, and I know it’s going to stay like this cos it’s got to be like this for you. But I maintain, the writer “gave cogent points.” So do the same so we can be on the same page. If not, do know you can’t shove down your ideas on us. Learn to reason together with others so the world can be a better place.

          • muazu wali

            This platform is not to force or sell ideas to anyone. It is simply to express one’s views on issues the way one sees them. Everything is reasonable there is nothing unresaonable to the one expressing his views. When there is a common ground you share. Should there be differences of oninion each will retain his own.

      • Es3

        What did Jonathan enter (or join) Nigeria into with Israel through his personal romance – except for few weapons purchases to fight Boko Haram at a time US effectively blocked international arms sales to Nigeria???

        • muazu wali

          Carrying cash to south Africa to buy arms was a national disgrace.

          • Es3

            Then it’s either you do know the why (the need) of that “carrying cash” to buy arms or APC propaganda had since overtaken your rational thinking!

          • Ivan Johnson

            .

            After Ese Oruru’s mother nearly sacrificed her life to rescue her daughter, many parents have summoned courage and demand for their daughters stolen by folks like Sanusi Libido Sanusi to be released too.

            .

            1. Ese Oruru: Stolen in August 2015 at the age of 13, renamed Aisha, 5 months pregnant and rescued after 7 months.

            .

            2. Ifeoma Ndubuisi: Stolen on May 2014, renamed Aisha and yet to be rescued.

            .

            3. Progress Jacob: Stolen in Jan., 2016 at the age of 13, renamed Aishat and yet to be rescued.

            .

            4. Blessing Gopep: Stolen in August 2015 at the age of 12, renamed Mariam and yet to be rescued.

            .

            5. Linda Christopher: Stolen in Nov., 2015 at the age of 16, renamed Aisha and yet to be rescued.

            .

            6. Lucy Ejeh: Stolen in Oct, 2009 at the age of 15, renamed Lewusa and yet to be rescued.

            .

            7. Ifesinachi Anih: Stolen in September, 2015 at the age of 14 and yet to be rescued.

            .

            8. Juliet: Stolen and rescued.

            .

            9. Blessing Siman: Stolen in 2010 at the age of 14 and yet to be rescued.

            .

            10. Charity Uzoechina: Stolen and married off at the Etsu Nupe’s palace, Minna.

            .

            11. Rita Chinedu Ukeje: Stolen at the age of 15, married off and yet to be rescued.

            .

            One wonders how long this evil has been going on in the barren north and how many innocent girls that have been stolen and used for sex rituals?

            .

            Pls lend your voice for this devilish act to be stopped. Northern leaders should focus on their daughters and stop stealing other people’s daughters

      • Edon B.

        Please, be civil in your comment. Israel cannot and will not be an enemy of Islam, but may be some country. Kindly, learn to separate religion from Nation state. Take note that, no Nigeria leader can successfully take this great Nation to any religious base contraption in whatsoever form or pretense! Have a lovely night.

        • muazu wali

          Unfortunately your statement is not correct you cannot seperste Judaism from the state of Israel, nor Iran or Saudi Arabia from Islam.
          Nigeria is different. A Yoruba man cannot become Fulani nor an Ijaw turn into a Tiv

  • Dr Pat Kolawole Awosan

    Nigeria must not join the so-called,Islamic Alliance to fight ISIL as Saudi Arabia,overall role in any alliance or league of international economic/political nations never benefit any nation but the ulterior motive of the Saudi,s rulers.Look at Saudi Arabia,s role in OPEC leading oil producing nations continuing excess production of oil in order to glut the global market which collapsed World oil price.Nigeria should stair clear of Saudi Arabia,as anu Saudi led alliance would not bring any benefit but bitterness and suffering to Nigeria.

    • muazu wali

      We might get out of OPEC for that matter. International politics is played on the platform of self interest.

      • Emi

        And you are well confident that it is in Nigeria best interest to opt out of OPEC.What is the reason of your confidence?

        • muazu wali

          You got me wrong. I never said that. Read my comments again

  • Es3

    A product of double-faced, double standard hypocritical government and party – ‘Ajala’ government!!!

    Now, Buhari has already exceeded Obasanjo’s record while Jonathan did not embark on half those expensive trips before he brought such a huge amount of DFIs and Portfolio Investment into Nigeria?!

    • muazu wali

      Where are the huge investments. Please be honest to your self.

      • Es3

        Do you know what DFI stand for? If yes, lease check with the CBN and MAN for the investments for yourself, then compare to what is obtained now.

        After that, you can revert.

        • muazu wali

          Is that all after six years? What of the stolen money invesed for Jonathan’ reelection? Did it work?!

          • Es3

            Which stolen money???

            The one that has been proven by any competent court of law or the one that APC propaganda sold to dummy Nigerians???!

          • muazu wali

            What we have been told is beyond proven court processes. False confessed he received money so also Mtheu.Dopkesi and several.others. You can believe what you like.

          • Es3

            Received which of the monies, arms money or campaign funds???

            Or, to your mind, it is only APC that ran campaign by raising funds from outside (state) governments coffers (which they are very guilty of already) or that PDP did not raise theirs openly and otherwise as well???

          • muazu wali

            Exactly. That is what we want find out! Which money?

          • Es3

            Then start by differentiating the two and knowing that that party equally raised funds, got donations, etc to run their campaigns from varying sources in and outside government and Nigeria!

            The same way APC did and that if there is going to be a probe of campaign funds, such should cover both PDP and APC – not one-sided?!

    • joe

      Jonathan and Investment? Investing in What? Yam cultivation or goat rearing?

      • Es3

        If you don’t know you can start (at least) from somewhere?!

        Go and find out about the commissioning that Buhari/APC government have done so far since May 2015, who did the jobs – Jonathan or Buhari??? Fashola said on national TV that Jonathan took motor-able roads in Nigeria from 5,000 kilometers to 25,000 kilometers, the conformed power generation capacity, transmission, even distribution as we have till today, the list continues…..these are called infrastructure?!

        Who did them? Jonathan or Buhari???

        • Emi

          Don’t turn this all important issue into one between PDP and APC.This is about security of life.This alliance is the one that Nigeria should never have entered.Nations like Syria,Iraq,etc are currently engaged in Sunnis versus Shias conflict,with regret and bloodletting.

          • Es3

            I do think I;m different on the account of Nigeria being ‘rail-roaded’ by Buhari/APC into this Islamic unholy alliance?!

            But what I refuse to accept is anyone claiming that Jonathan’s government achieved nothing, even in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary!

  • joe

    2014 – I suggested to some people, that we need honest and bold leader like Buhari after several years of Mumbo-jumbo-dumbo. The people opposed the idea, claiming Buhari has an hidden agenda of islamizing Nigeria. I argued vigorously against that claim and told them how Buhari is much more intelligent and informed to venture into such cul-de-sac.
    2016 – Is Buhari proving those folks right and me wrong?

  • muazu wali

    The idea itself is naive. After over 200 years of Islam and Christianity in Nigeria the thought of converting any group is ridiculous. I will however agree that Buhari is turning to the east rather than the west (IMF, WORLD BANK) for real partnership. Certainly the west with its Nigerian fronts in crime will try to see otherwise.

    • New Nigerian

      He is actually turning to East, West, North and South for real partnership

      • Emi

        You might be correct that Buhari is looking for economic partners,but the story does not end like that.Good intention might eventually backfire.The perceived gain from the alliance might afterall be a mirage.There is a sharp division between Sunnis and Shias Islam,sometimes more pronounced that ChristianityIslam division.Why should Nigeria be involved in conflicts that are not her immediate concerns.The alliance is not about fighting terrorists,as both sides are sponsors of terrorism.

        • muazu wali

          The communists are fighting rebels in Syria. The Syrians nether thought that Sa’ad is trying to turn the country communist! That is international politics. You join even your enemy to pursue a common interest.

          • Emi

            My friend Wali,pls don’t make a statement that you cant support.Where are the communists fighting rebels in Syria?It is true that Russia,a superpower with global influence entered the war in Syria,but that is because her interest is directly involved.Russia wanted to help her friend Shia Alawites Assad.Russia also wanted to showcase her power over Syria as counterweight against that of the west.That is also part of the Sunnis/Shias conflict.What concerns Nigeria with all that?

          • muazu wali

            I am reffering to international politics where national interests are more important than spirituality.

          • Strongiant

            Imagine that! How can politics in whatever form or national interest be more important than spirituality? Now you just agreed that Islam and politics go hand in hand. Perhaps you intended to say “more important than religious interests.” You know for some, spirituality and religion are seperat.

          • muazu wali

            For Christians yes. But .for the Jews in Israel on the ome hand and Iran and Saudoa Arabia on the other hand spirituality goes hand and and with politics.

  • Elvis Osagiede

    Nigeria is not mono religious country for the president to just enlist the country in a particular religion based organisation without due consultation. The issue should have been delineated upon at the national assembly. Buhari has no right to do what he did. Nigeria is not his house hold where he is absolute lord.

    • New Nigerian

      The president did not enlist Nigeria in Islam, if that is your point, he does not need to do that, Islam have been in Nigeria from time immemorial, actually when the colonialists came they met a thriving Islamic culture that includes governance. Now with that said, constitutionally he can take the decision he just took – which is to do all it takes to stop terrorism everywhere in the land through all means necessary, including joining this coalition. The way these things work is that Presidents have certain prerogative to do certain thins, for example Jonathan established an ambassadorial posting to the Vatican in 2012 – and that was fine – even though that was more religious inclined, however serving the needs of Catholics who are Nigerians through that was very OK. The Vatican is a walled city in Rome, that is approximately 44 hectares and have a population of 842 (less than one thousand)…so this is how these things work.

      • is there no embassy in Saudi Arabia? Did the president join Nigeria to a Christian cartel?

        • muazu wali

          Does one exist? Cathilolic, Anglican, ,Presbaterian, Johova, Sarafin, Deeper Life, Aladura or which group?

          • Therefore there is no equivalence. Why must a country, a state term itself an Islamic country?

      • Emi

        Mark your statement:’When the colonists came’.As if the Islamists that invaded the northern Nigeria in the name of jihad were not themselves colonists.

        • muazu wali

          You have said it yourself. They were Jihadists. Are the missionaries colonialists?

          • Emi

            The missionaries were different from the European colonists.One was purely spiritual and the other a political movement.That is one of the major difference between Christianity and Islam.Islam is more of a political movement than religious,that is why it establishes political system wherever it exists.When ISIS took territories they established a political set up over the same.The same goes for Uthman Fodio jihad and of course Boko Haram,whereas the Baptists,Anglicans,Catholics,Deeper Life missionaries only established churches and perhaps schools and hospitals,which appeal more on social life of peoples.Christianity focus more on the spiritual man.Islam is more a political movement than a spiritual.

          • pheliciti

            You should actually read up more on West African history. Islam got into West Africa c 900AD. The Islamic missionaries came to preach and teach only and there is no record of colonisation by Islamic missionaries. Contrast the advent of European missionaries who came in 1500 AD with slave and territory grabbing treaties written in English to be signed with natives who could not read a word of English.

          • pheliciti

            You should actually read up more on West African history.

      • Strongiant

        “Islam has been in Africa for time….” Would have been a better statement. Before the colonialists came, there was no Nigeria. They created Nigeria as we have it today, with so many “set ups”. Secondly, what is terrorism? Who are the terrorists? Where do they come from? What is the source of their ideology? We may not speak like simpletons, but we have theories about what you people are doing and these theories are tenable. “truthisbitter” already told you the status of the Vatican and Israel with regards to the UN. Why are you over flogging your error? To focus on it until we all start seeing it as truth? Haba Mallam! Propaganda won’t work here. Further more, you need to know that Israel is not a Christian state and GEJ is not a Catholic. But GMB is a Muslim.

  • New Nigerian

    This editorial, which I have just read is a cacophony of emotive plea that are not based on facts. The question is this, Nigeria has a golden chance to show leadership on this issue and share lessons learnt that the world is interested in hearing on how it is successfully defeating terrorism, this coalition would improve the image of Nigeria in the world, if PT is saying Nigeria should not have joined. What should Nigeria do? Set up a parallel coalition and lead it to counter the international angle of ISIS-Aligned Boko Haram? Confusing the goal of the coalition with often misunderstood cultural issues in the Muslim world makes an interesting read but they are at best innuendoes. The premise that Nigeria is joining the Coalition to further Saudi interests and not Nigerian interests is incorrect. It is in Nigerian interest to decimate ISIS-aligned Boko Haram, joining forces with any and every coalition to do this is not only necessary it is mandatory. Infact if Saudi had not take the lead in this, Nigeria should have broached the formation of the coalition and invited Saudi Arabia and the other countries to join.

    • truthisreallybitter

      New Nigerian, or whatever that represents, do you know that you have succeeded in saying nothing? I thought you wanted to address the issues that PM editorial raised but you succeeded in exposing your hidden sentiments about a perceived religious divide between Nigerian Christian and Islamic blocs. As you have stated Nigeria is a multi-religious society, not only of Christians and Muslims – that does not in any way classify it as “religious state”. Nigeria is constitutionally a “Secular State”. It should relate with other UN approved states and not religious movements, no matter the coloration. That Nigeria re-established relationship with Israel under IBB is because Israel is a UN recognized state. That does not justify the sovereign state of Nigeria joining a religious organization like OIC. Similarly, that GEJ sent an ambassador to Vatican to represent Nigeria, is not because Nigeria is a Catholic State, but because Vatican has a UN “State status”, and should therefore not justify a reciprocity of Nigeria joining an ISMAT (Islamic Military Alliance Against Terrorism), whose intent of fighting global terrorism is suspect and should be carefully studies over time before a new government in power should think of joining.

      Let me remind you of the issues that PM raised in its editorial. One, whose interest is being served in this new Islamic Militant or Military Movement created by Saudi, who insist that the permanent headquarters will be at its capital? How will Nigeria manage itself being cut in between an internal “religious war” between Saudi and Iran, both claiming to hold true Islam, as play out in the North recently by the massacre of hundreds of innocent citizens of Nigeria – including Women and Children, without the Federal Government condemning it in absolute terms, because they are alleged tagged “terrorists”? Just because they belong to a certain Islamic sect that the current Presidency may not be sympathetic with. These are the issues. Do you think Nigeria needs this Islamic Military Alliance to resolve an internal problem, even when it is religious or ethnic? Or is the present administration being trapped into preparing the ground for invasion “foreign military mercenaries” into Nigeria in the camouflage of serving the interest of an Alliance? Now that we know that global terrorism does no one good – both Muslims and Christians and even persons of other faiths, why don’t we employ legitimate UN Security apparatus that is open to fight terrorism? Why don’t we building a own national military capability to fight terrorism? Nigerian Army has been able to weaken the Boko Haram without such Alliance, of what use is the Alliance is when we did not need it in the first place to overcome the BH? The Nigerian Army is related one of the best in the World and if given strong institutional empowerment and motivation coupled with modern arsenal can defend her territory adequately. As the world is preparing for a possible World War 3, I suspect that this religious based Alliance wants to broaden its base in all strategic continents of the globe. We should therefore not be a part of that. Nigeria has always been and promoted non-aligned political status, we cannot the cost of changing now and making more enemies. So New Nigeria, refrain from turning a simple national interest matter to being religious, it does not serve any useful purpose. Nigeria is already over heated with such matters.

    • pheliciti

      Brilliant response. Where were these bigots when the Nigerian govt exercised powers to prevent the recognition of Palestinian statehood, a moved that favoured only Israeli interest?
      Where were the same bigots when GEJ composed his National Conference attendees with 70% Christians? The same Muslims bearing the brunt of your distrust participated, and only made note for the records. No tantrums.
      I expected more from Premium Times. We can’t build a country with all these bigotry distrust and suspicion.

  • Ivan Johnson

    The Devilish Acts Happening In Northern Nigeria

    .

    After Ese Oruru’s mother nearly sacrificed her life to rescue her daughter, many parents have summoned courage and demand for their daughters stolen by folks like Sanusi Libido Sanusi to be released too.

    .

    1. Ese Oruru: Stolen in August 2015 at the age of 13, renamed Aisha, 5 months pregnant and rescued after 7 months.

    .

    2. Ifeoma Ndubuisi: Stolen on May 2014, renamed Aisha and yet to be rescued.

    .

    3. Progress Jacob: Stolen in Jan., 2016 at the age of 13, renamed Aishat and yet to be rescued.

    .

    4. Blessing Gopep: Stolen in August 2015 at the age of 12, renamed Mariam and yet to be rescued.

    .

    5. Linda Christopher: Stolen in Nov., 2015 at the age of 16, renamed Aisha and yet to be rescued.

    .

    6. Lucy Ejeh: Stolen in Oct, 2009 at the age of 15, renamed Lewusa and yet to be rescued.

    .

    7. Ifesinachi Anih: Stolen in September, 2015 at the age of 14 and yet to be rescued.

    .

    8. Juliet: Stolen and rescued.

    .

    9. Blessing Siman: Stolen in 2010 at the age of 14 and yet to be rescued.

    .

    10. Charity Uzoechina: Stolen and married off at the Etsu Nupe’s palace, Minna.

    .

    11. Rita Chinedu Ukeje: Stolen at the age of 15, married off and yet to be rescued.

    .

    One wonders how long this evil has been going on in the barren north and how many innocent girls that have been stolen and used for sex rituals?

    .

    Pls lend your voice for this devilish act to be stopped. Northern leaders should focus on their daughters and stop stealing other people’s daughters