The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has said it would stand by President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration in the fight against Boko Haram, even if it does not meet the December deadline it gave for the insurgency to end.
The PDP, which was subjected to harsh criticism when it was in power by the then opposition All Progressives Congress, APC, has said it would not pay the governing party back in its own coin, noting that the war being waged by Boko Haram was against Nigerians, not any political party.
The National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Chief Olisa Metuh, who made this position known when he received a youth group under the aegis of Northern Youth Network, when they paid him a courtesy call at the party’s national secretariat in Abuja on Friday, recounted the various failed promises made by the APC-led federal government to end insurgency in the country.
“APC had promised that they were going to end insurgency in two weeks, they later said it will be over in two months and after that they now gave December 31 deadline to end Boko Haram.
“Now, in spite of the language it is couched in shifting the goal posts, and despite all the infractions and all kinds of destructive criticisms APC rained on us when they were in opposition, the PDP as a national party will refrain from making comments on issues on the inadequacies pertaining to the war against insurgency in the country.
“For us in the PDP, we remain completely in support of the federal government in the war to eradicate insurgency in our land and we enjoin all Nigerians to support President Muhammadu Buhari in the war against terror. The war by the terror group is not against the President, it is not against the APC neither is it against the PDP. It is rather a war being waged against Nigerians and the countrymen should stand as a united force with our President to fight and defeat the insurgents.
“If we do this we will be fighting for a common good. We would sent a message to those that seek to divide us that we are indivisible and that Nigeria is truly one country and that we want to remain so. We have decided not to discuss things pertaining to the war against insurgency and we will stand by the President as the leader of country.
“But in doing so we will not hesitate or shy away from making our views known on other areas we feel that the government is not doing well. We will not be intimidated nor harassed into abandoning our role as the leading opposition party. We will remain a viable and vocal voice of the opposition and we will remain focused in our constructive criticism against the government of the day”, Metuh explained.
Earlier, while explaining their mission, the NYN leader, Mike Suswan, said they came to show appreciation for the efforts being made by the PDP to give the opposition a strong voice under the present dispensation.
According to the group, as members, they were concerned over the APC-led federal government’s inability to come up with a lasting solution to the intractable fuel scarcity crisis, just as they condemned the exclusion of youths in the present federal cabinet.