Party asked security agencies to expedite action on the 486 northerners arrested in Abia State
The South East chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has asked the governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha, to rescind his plan to issue identity cards to northerners resident in the state.
The APC administration in Imo is reportedly planning to introduce an identity card scheme for the northerners residing in the South East state.
The governor, a member of the APC, has made no mention of the plan.
The south-east chapter of the party, however, described the plan as a “unconstitutional and undemocratic.”
“Whereas we condemn the devilish and heinous atrocities of the deranged Boko Haram elements; we are of the candid view that the Boko Haram elements are not playing northern script, as their agenda is more or less opaque and futile,” the APC said in a statement by its spokesperson, Osita Okechukwu.
“We cannot easily forget that Boko Haram killed General Mohammed Shuwa, uncountable Northerners and nearly assassinated the Shehu of Borno. Reports indicate that the Emir of Kano did not recover fully from the trauma he suffered in their hands before his death.
“Any attempt to segregate Nigerians like in Nazi Germany will be the greatest disservice to our dear country and to do so will either by omission or commission be playing into the hands of Boko Haram insurgents.”
The party said the unity, stability and harmonious relationship of Nigerian citizens was paramount and fundamental to and that it would not subscribe to a situation where Ndigbo residing in other parts of the country would be subjected to screening and carrying identity card.
It stated, “APC South East maintains that the only way to crush Boko Haram insurgents is a well equipped Army, security agencies, vigilantes and improved welfare of the citizenry that engender hope, trust and confidence.”
The party also “urged the security agencies to expedite action on the screening of those Nigerians arrested in Abia State so as to separate the wheat from the chaff.”
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