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Boko Haram: Resign now, North-East APC tells appointees from troubled zone serving in Jonathan’s govt

The North-East zonal chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has accused President Goodluck Jonathan and the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, of turning a blind eye to the deteriorating security situation in the zone in other to gain political advantage over other parties in the 2015 general elections.

It also asked all the indigenes of the zone serving at the federal level to resign their positions, alleging that they no longer care about the safety and security of the people they represent in government.

Addressing a press conference in Abuja on Wednesday, the APC National Vice Chairman, North East, Babachir Lawal, lamented that hundreds of people in that part of the country were being slaughtered by the Boko Haram sect, and that rather than tackle the deteriorating situation, the president and the ruling party were busy playing politics.

Mr. Lawal said pending a change of attitude by the Federal Government towards the situation in the insurgency-ravaged North East, all political appointees from the region should resign their positions.

He said, “I call on all political office holders from the North East serving in this government to resign en-mass with immediate effect. What are they doing serving a government that does not give a damn about the security and safety of their people?

“Who will defend our people and our land while all of us are all holed-up in far away Abuja as refugees? Who will rescue the people from the forests and the Cameroon mountains whilst its leaders are stuck in far away Abuja leaving in luxury and comfort?

“I would rather we all return home and find a way to assist the military recapture and defend our people and our land. It is the only option left open to us. The PDP and President Goodluck Jonathan are too busy with his re-election plans. We should not bother them anymore.”

Mr. Lawal stated that Mr. Jonathan’s attitude and that of the the ruling party might be a confirmation of a deliberate plan by the president and the ruling party to decimate the voting population of the region, which is a stronghold of the APC, for political advantage during the elections.

“Ladies and gentlemen of the press, please help us tell Nigerians that the North-East region needs the help of its government,” he said.

“We need the help of our President so that our relations and friends can return to their homes, farmlands, schools and businesses. Is this too much to ask of our President? Please, help us tell President Goodluck Jonathan that the dead do not vote.

“Tell PDP that the fleeing refugees left their voters card behind and will not be able to vote either. Or, could this be a confirmation of the rumours that it is a deliberate plan to decimate the voting population of the region because it is a stronghold of the APC?”

Describing Mubi as a commercial town and mini-Nigeria, the APC chief said many prominent Nigerians hail from there. Among them, he said, are the Minister of Youth Development, Boni Haruna; the Minister of Women Affairs, Zainab Maina, the EFCC Chairman, Ibrahim Lamorde, former Head of Service, Bello Sali; serving senator, Mohammed Bindo.

He also said the town is 10 kilometres away from Vimtim, the hometown of the Chief of Defence Staff, Alex Badeh and 25 kilometres from Bazza, the home town of John Zaruwa, a major general.

Mr. Lawal stated that a majority of the population of Mubi town and outlying villages were now stranded in the mountains, forests and villages in Cameroon without means of communication, food, water, shelter or medicine for the sick.

He said apart from Mubi, the second largest town in Adamawa State, other towns and cities in the zone, had fallen into the hands of the sect while the fleeing indigenes had become refuge in other places.

According to him, the inhabitants of Yola, the state capital had become edgy while its population had grown to over 15 times its normal size in just one week.

“Every house is now full to the brim and food supplies have run short. A curfew has been imposed on the town, may be to stop the people from fleeing from the fast advancing Boko Haram. This government, it appears, is more efficient at curtailing the liberties of its citizens than at protecting it from Boko Haram,” he said.

The APC leader warned Nigerians that by watching the North East region burn, the whole country was risking being overrun by Boko Haram or its clones.

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