THE Lagos State chapter of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) yesterday urged Boko Haram sect to drop its threat of attacking more media houses in the country, saying it would never in a any way cow the Nigerian press into submission. Meanwhile, the Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Dr. Sam Jaja, has said in Kaduna that the party will not fold its hands and watch the country plunge into political instability under acts of terrorism.
In a statement, the Lagos ACN said it was disgusting that “soon after the thoughtless attack on some sections of the Nigerian press, the sect is still threatening to attack more media houses.” In the statement signed by the Lagos State Publicity Secretary ACN, Joe Igbokwe, the party warned sect that time was running out on it and it must negotiate with the government and put a stop to its campaign of blood letting. It insists that nothing could be gained with the kind of bloodletting Boko Haram has engaged in.
The PDP leader, Jaja, dismissed reports credited to the National Security Adviser, Maj.-Gen. Owoiyi Azazi (rtd) that the PDP was responsible for the current security situation in the country. Speaking with journalists when he led members of the National Working Committee of the party on a sympathy visit to Governor Patrick Ibrahim Yakowa over the recent bomb blasts in Kaduna State, said there was no way the party can destabilize a nation it is ruling.
According to him, “such thinking could be an attempt to vilify the PDP. I will advise that great men of this country should take the issue as reputable and not to tribalize it or fight the PDP, it is not right. Those statements are political and we are not taking them seriously.” The PDP chieftain warned that if not checked, the killings in the country can throw Nigeria into unimaginable chaos. He called on the local council areas in the country to do more in combating terrorism at least through “propaganda to enlighten the populace” about the activities of terrorists in their midst.
The governor stressed that without peace and stability, no nation can develop, adding that oil and gas, agriculture and mine, if well utilised, will take Nigeria to the promise land, especially as investors are more than willing to invest in the country.