Vanguard (Lagos)

26 January 2013

Nigeria: Poverty, Misrule, Not Responsible for Boko Haram

Abuja — The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP yesterday described the Boko Haram sect as a local terror group, just as it said that poverty and misrule were not responsible for the insurgency.

According to PDP, poverty was not a recent phenomenon in the country "and therefore cannot form the basis of the sudden wave of criminal attacks on innocent victims, most of whom live within the poverty bracket."

The PDP in a statement by its national Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh, however urged those behind the violent attacks against Nigerians to have a rethink and understand that life was sacrosanct and that nobody has the right to shed innocent blood under any guise.

The PDP spokesperson said that it was throwing its weight behind President Goodluck Jonathan for his forthrightness on national issues especially the Boko Haram insurgency in his interview with CNN on Wednesday.

The PDP also agreed with the President that there has been tremendous improvement in power supply in the country under the current dispensation.

Metuh said, " The President is right and we fully align with him on his position that Boko Haram is not a product of poverty or misrule as some people are suggesting. We agree with him that it is a local terror group.

"There have been successive regimes before this administration but this insurgency increased the same way terrorist activities are escalating in other parts of the world at this time. So it is clear that some people are out to perpetrate acts of terrorism in Nigeria to create a semblance of insecurity as it obtains in other troubled spots of the world."

The PDP also said it believes in the efforts by the administration to ensure the security and welfare of Nigerians in line with its manifesto and mandate.

The party also commended the President for the decision to deploy troops to Mali as part of the nation's commitment to working with other governments to root out terrorism in the sub-region.

On the power sector, the party said the President was correct on his declaration that there has been tremendous improvement under the current dispensation and assured that the nation will achieve an enviable level of stability in power supply before the end of the year.

"The President is correct on the issue of power. We all know that power supply in the country has improved tremendously under his watch and we have confidence in the President's assertion that Nigerians will witness tremendous stability in power supply very soon", Metuh added.

The party said the interview once again shows the forthrightness, candour and simplicity of the President in addressing national issues.

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