The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has attacked President Muhammadu Buhari for refusing to name and shame sponsors of Boko Haram and ISWAP.
It was reported that the Presidency had stated that the Muhammadu Buhari-led administration is not bothered about exposing terrorism sponsors, rather it is only interested in prosecuting them.
Speaking during an appearance on Channels Television’s Politics Today on Monday, Presidential Spokesman, Femi Adesina, disclosed that security agencies are working to get solid evidence against these terrorism financiers before charging them to court.
Reacting in a statement on Tuesday signed by its spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan, the PDP said the refusal by the Buhari government to expose sponsors of terrorism in Nigeria shows that “its hands are not clean”.
The PDP added that the refusal shows that the All Progressives Congress-led government has been allegedly providing official cover for insurgents and bandits terrorising the country.
It, however, challenged the Buhari presidency to immediately publish the names of the sponsors of terrorism given to it by the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
The statement reads: “The decision of the APC-led government to cover the identity of sponsors of mindless mass killings, maiming, raping, kidnapping of our compatriots as well as the endless violent marauding of our communities under the APC watch, validates our stand that such individuals have connections with the APC.
This unpatriotic stance by the Buhari Presidency raises serious national anxieties of high-level complicity in the administration and further explains the reported compromising of our security system in the escalated killings and acts of terrorism in our country in the last six years under the APC.
Nigerians can see why the APC-led administration has failed to take decisive steps to tackle terrorism, why it prefers to negotiate with terrorists and even makes case for them, instead of apprehending and prosecuting them, as witnessed in the beheading of rice farmers in Borno state
The PDP had always alerted of a connection between the APC and terrorists ravaging various parts of our nation and how the APC, as a party, had always failed to forcefully condemn acts of terrorism in our country.
APC has failed to account for the bandits, thugs and hoodlums it imported from neighboring countries to unleash violence on Nigerians and muscle the 2019 elections.
If the APC and its administration have nothing to cover, our party challenges them to immediately publish the names of the sponsors of terrorism given to it by the UAE, instead of this vexatious desperation to provide official cover for them.”