National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Dr. Bamanga Tukur, has said the party is no longer comfortable with the growing insecurity in the country.
“Whatever happens (insecurity) concerns us. So, right from the ward level, we are not happy,” Tukur told State House correspondents after leading a delegation of South African ruling party, the African National Congress, to visit President Goodluck Jonathan at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Tuesday.
He spoke against the backdrop of the Sunday’s attack on a military church in Jaji, Kaduna State and Monday’s attack on the office of the police Special Anti-Robbery Squad in Abuja.
Tukur said although leaders and members of the PDP were concerned about the matter, political parties were not security organisations.
The PDP stalwart said he was sure that security organisations saddled with the responsibility of protecting lives and property would do their job.
He added, “Ours is to ensure that our members are sensitised to be security conscious. We are also encouraging them to give useful information that can help bring these miscreants to book. So it is not a political party’s role to dabble in security.”
On the visit, Tukur said as the biggest and strongest party in Nigeria, the PDP was looking at the possibility of forming a synergy with the ANC in order to assist government meet the needs of the people.
Treasure-General of ANC, Mr. Mathews Phosa, said the visit was to further strengthen the relationship between the ANC and the PDP.
Meanwhile, the National Association of Nigerian Students has condemned the recent attacks in Kaduna and Abuja.
NANS expressed surprise that gunmen could attack security commands without any consideration for the consequence of their actions.
President of the association, Mr. Dauda Mohammed, observed that Nigeria had lost thousands of its citizens to the mayhem unleashed by a group of people suspected to be Boko Haram.