The Peoples Democratic Party-led Federal Government and the Presidency have been accused of master-minding the violent clashes in Nasarawa State to score cheap political points.
The All Progressives Congress, APC, Interim National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, who made the accusation on Sunday, in reaction to a statement credited to President Goodluck Jonathan to the effect that the North-Central state was experiencing frequent clashes because it is not presently controlled by the PDP, should give every right thinking Nigerian a cause for concern.
The president made the remark in Minna, Niger State on Saturday during a solidarity/unity rally for the North-Central zone organized by the ruling party.
Mohammed said it was particularly worrisome that the president was using the deteriorating security situation in some parts of the country to play divisive politics.
He said, “What I can say is that from the President’s statement in Nasarawa where he said that they would get back Nasarawa and once they get Nasarawa, all the crisis in Nasarawa will be a thing of the past.
“Is that not saying that, they know about it already? And that they are behind it? That, coming from a President is very destabilising for the country.
“In other words, what the President is saying is that they are behind the crisis and the killings in Nasarawa State.
“Otherwise, why would they have to wait for Nasarawa to become PDP before they put an end to the killings? Knowing full well that the Federal Government has full control of the military and the police I think Mr. President should explain to Nigerians what is happening”, the APC spokesperson said.