Agene AKHERE, Benin
Former Chief of Staff to President Goodluck Jonathan, Chief Mike Oghiadomhe and the Senior Special Adviser to the President on Youths and Students Mobilisation, Jude Imagwe have carpeted opposition party’s chieftains who said they would end insurgency once they get to power.
Speaking to Journalists in Auchi during the just concluded senatorial primaries of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ogiadomhe said it was hypocrisy for any Nigerian to say he would only suggest ways of ending insurgency when he gets to power.
He said while it was imperative for all Nigerians to join hands with the government of the day to tackle insecurity head on, noting that “because you don’t know who the next victim of insurgents will be.”
While commending the peaceful atmosphere the primaries were conducted, he said: “We cannot take insurgency to be against a particular set of people or particular person in government or a particular government, insurgency is against Nigeria and Nigerians but people who have got caught and got killed so far are Nigerians irrespective of their ethnicity, their religion, their belief or whatever and it behoves on us that responsible leaders who wish to rule this country, if they believe that they have the capacity to check insurgency, they need not wait until the carnage has been done so much before they intervene if they have to wait, it means it is for selfish reasons and Nigerians must reject such persons. If I have the solution to insurgency today, of course I will deal with it and not wait until I become the president or in government because you don’t know who is next but if a guy claims that he can do it but he has to wait till May 29th before doing it, it means such a person is just an opportunist and is just trying to play on the intelligence of Nigerians and Nigerians need not take such a person seriously.”
On his part, Imagwe, speaking Thursday at the Edo State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) shortly after being conferred with a prestigious Award of Excellence picked holes in the statement credited to the All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential aspirant General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd) that only his presidency can end the insurgency ravaging the North East Nigeria.
He said: “It is very sad that political leaders are playing politics with the insurgency confronting Nigeria today. We expect that the only reasonable thing for anybody to do is to join hands with the government and offer solution on how to put an end to book Haram. Nigerians that are dying cut across ethnic or political divide, because it is clear now that the sect kills anybody that stand in its path.”