The Progressive Governors Forum, PGF, condemns in very strong terms, the double bomb explosions in Kaduna, the loss of innocent lives, and what was clearly an attempt to assassinate former Head of State, and leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, General Muhammadu Buhari.
The assassination attack on General Buhari, coming just two days after he urged President Goodluck Jonathan to stop waging war on Nigerians and to devote more time and energy to the war on terrorism, confirms our concerns that the lives of the leadership of the All Progressives Congress, APC, are no longer safe. For the avoidance of doubt, we shall hold the Federal Government responsible for any further attempts on the life of General Buhari and other APC leaders.
The PGF also lends its voice to General Buhari’s statement to President Goodluck Jonathan, that it is unwise and against the spirit of social democracy that so many innocent lives should be lost simply in the quest to demobilize the APC and retain power at all costs.
Clearly, the Federal Government has failed in its fundamental responsibility of providing security for Nigerians, yet it is quick to point accusing fingers at the opposition in order to shift the blame for the low-intensity war going on in parts of the country.
Particularly worrisome is the statement credited to the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Kenneth Minimah that soldiers were deserting the Army for fear of Boko Haram. Our question is what happened to the vast sums of money devoted to security and defence in the last four years of the Jonathan presidency and is the desertion of soldiers linked to the theft of monies meant for military equipment?
We call on the Federal Government to take urgent and radial steps to investigate the assassination attempt and make its finding public. In the meantime, we urge President Jonathan to manage his obsession with power and work for the citizens of this country.
It is a great shame that Nigeria, under President Jonathan, has become the most dangerous place in the world in terms of deadly terrorist attacks. While we rejoice with General Buhari and others who narrowly escaped death, we commiserate with the families who have lost loved ones in the explosions and other attacks across the country – whether by terrorists or nameless, faceless assassins.