This Day (Lagos)

25 January 2013

Nigeria: CPC Chides Okupe Over Attack On Buhari

The Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) has expressed dismay over the negative remarks made against its national leader by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Public Affairs, Dr. Doyin Okupe, for volunteering his concern on the general insecurity in the country.

The party in a statement said its attention has been drawn to the utterly vitriolic response from the presidential aide to General Muhammadu Buhari's statesmanly response on the armed attack on the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Ado Bayero.

The statement issued Wednseday by CPC's National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Rotimi Fashakin, said it does not speak well of the president to allow his aides to lambast a former Nigerian leader for volunteering his concern on the general insecurity in the country.

According to him, Okupe was reported to have described Buhari's statement, which aptly mentioned the constitutional provision that the 'purpose of government is the welfare and security of the people', as irresponsible, reckless and opportunistic.

Fashakin said the party is not surprised that "Okupe's communication is often laden with asininity and acerbic profanity."

"But what is befuddling is the quality of leadership of the nation's presidency that bears with such immeasurable indecency! We believe that the bullish tactics of Dr. Okupe in excoriating every critic of this PDP-led regime is not only deleterious to a harmonious polity but also an affront on personal liberty.

The party asked: "Is it not a matter of grave concern that when a respected monarch, with all the retinue of security staff, could be so gruesomely attacked on the street, what hope is there for the ordinary Nigerian in this dispensation?

Does this latest attack not confirm our well-reasoned belief that the insecurity besetting the nation goes beyond religion and ethnicity?

"Is it not ludicrous that, for more than one year since this president declared the infiltration of his government by Boko Haram, nobody (within his government) has been handed over for judicial prosecution?

"Should this president not be accused of unduly overheating the polity by his penchant for abdicating responsibility for the foreboding evil of insecurity in the land?

"Is it not true that, rather than making the polity safe for the citizens (based on the oath of allegiance sworn to on 29th May, 2011), this president has lately renewed his assault on our collective psyche with all the shenanigans of devious politicking, ahead of 2015 elections?

The CPC spokesman wondered if with the yearly increase in the fatalities resulting from insecurity in the country, it will not be proper to ask the president to transform from rhetoric of vacuous promises to making the polity safe for lives and property.

"As a responsible political party, we cannot be cowed by the indignity and loquacity of a crude presidential aide in failing to discharge our responsibility of nudging those that bear executive responsibility on the gaping need for security, " he said.

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