‘New Boko Haram’: Tinubu, Pan-Nigeria Bridge Builder, APC Tells Kwankwaso

National Publicity Secretary, APC, Barr. Felix Morka
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By Akombo Aondona, Abuja

The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) on Tuesday 18 June 2024 faulted the NNPP presidential candidate in the 2023 presidential election, Rabi’ u Musa Kwankwaso, over his comments that the APC-led federal government is planning to create new Boko Haram in Northern Nigeria in the wake of the on-going Emirates tussle in Kano State.

In a statement in Abuja by the APC National Publicity Secretary, Barr Felix Morka, the party reminded Kwankwaso that President Bola Ahmed Tinubu remained a Pan-Nigeria bridge builder and asked Nigerians to disregard Kwankwaso’s “unguarded accusations.”

Morka wrote: “The attention of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has been drawn to comments reportedly made by  Senator Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso, former Governor of Kano State and 2023 presidential candidate of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP), accusing the APC-led federal government of attempting to create a new breed of Boko Haram terrorists and insurgents in Northern Nigeria. Without any shred of evidence, he further alleged that certain individuals in APC fold were goading the federal government with the goal of reclaiming Kano State through a declaration of a state of emergency. Kwankwaso’s wild and unhinged comments were made with reference to the lingering Emirate tussle in Kano. 

“We consider Kwankwaso’s comments to be disappointing, highly incendiary and unconscionable for an individual of his standing. As a former Governor and Minister of Defence, we expect Kwankwaso to demonstrate high grade discretion, and a better grip of the severe social, political and security implications of unguarded utterances capable of fueling tension and strife in the good state of Kano. 

“It is disturbing that Kwankwaso would so casually accuse the federal government of attempting to create  a new breed of Boko Haram terrorists and insurgents, the same Boko Haram that has inflicted unspeakable and despicable acts of  terror that have destroyed the lives of innocent citizens and our heroic men and women in uniform. It is grossly insensitive, unwarranted, and unacceptable for Kwankwaso to bandy such a  serious allegation in such a cavalier manner. 

“In his unhinged bid to lash out, Senator Kwankwaso ignored the federal government’s glaring neutrality on the emirate crisis in Kano from the very  outset. As a government that thrives on respect for the the rule of law and constitutional liberties, the federal government has confidence in our courts to fairly adjudicate the matter that is already before them, and has no need or reason to side with any of parties in the emir-ship dispute. 

“Unguarded accusations like these coming from the highest level of leadership of the NNPP such as that made by the Deputy Governor of the Kano state, Comrade Abdulsalam Gwarzo, against the National Security Adviser, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, which he has since retracted and apologized for, are utterly unhelpful in the delicate context of Kano, and must be avoided.

“The leader of our Party, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu is a pan-Nigeria bridge builder for peace, security and unity in our land, and will not, cannot, must not be directly or remotely tainted with flimsy and unjustifiable allegation of promoting violent crisis in  any part of our dear country of which he is the President and Commander-in Chief-of the Armed Forces. 

“As a statesman, Kwankwaso should busy himself with exploring and exhausting all avenues for political and peaceful solutions to the royal impasse rather than amplifying the drums of strife and upheaval. 

“The situation in Kano State calls for calm as the nation awaits judicial or political resolution of all outstanding matters. The good people of Kano deserve to live in peace, unity and security.”

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