The All Progressives Congress, APC, has cautioned people in ‘positions of influence’, especially the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, against utterances that could aid ethno-religious fracas.
The ruling party was reacting to the ‘prayer protests’ against rising killings, held by some Churches on the instruction of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, led by Pastor Enoch Adeboye, in parts of the country, on Sunday.
The party in its statement said: “The commentaries that trail the menace of the boko haram and other criminal elements, is assuming a dangerous ethno-religious slant, unfortunately influenced by insensitive and selfish partisan narratives, by shortsighted groups and individuals.”
The APC said that the recent pattern of attacks by the boko haram terrorists, “is to pitch the Christians and Muslims against one another, and should not be promoted by (persons) in ‘positions of influence and authority’.
Although, the ruling APC condemned the killings, it insisted that the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration is winning the war against the insurgency and insecurity across Nigeria.
“In 2015, followed by a re-election in 2019, Nigerians voted President Muhammadu Buhari to among others, win the war against terrorism, and generally secure the country. Despite the opportunistic and pocket of attacks on some soft targets, the President’s resolve and the APC-led government in degrading boko haram, is not in doubt”, the party reiterated the stance of the Federal Government.
“We must not fall for this divisive ploy. In our respective spaces, we should understand that these violent extremists are our common enemies, and are blind to religious and political affiliation and socio-economic status.
“Our Leaders, religious, political, traditional, and all others in positions of influence and authority, must now show leadership and temperance in their utterances and actions. Doing otherwise will be acting the scripts and playing into the hands of these fanatics seeking to divide us and pitch us against each other”, the party’s National Spokesperson, Lanre Issa-Onilu, wrote.
Issa-Onilu also said that the Nigerian Armed Forces are now better equipped.
“Our Armed Forces are now better equipped, with their welfare prioritised; previous insurgency-ravaged communities are being rehabilitated and resettled; gone are those days when attacks particularly on the country’s capital city of Abuja, and other parts of the country, were routine.
“Currently, no inch of Nigeria’s territory is under the control of boko haram; bandits, kidnappers and other criminal camps, are being cleared, with the criminals suffering heavy casualties on a daily basis”, he said.
The party also commiserated with the families of those that lost their lives in recent attacks.