The All Progressives Congress Presidential Campaign Council (APCPCO), has described as felonious, the statement credited to the Director of Media and Publicity of the Peoples Democratic Party Presidential Campaign Organisation (PDPPCO), Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, on Sunday, where he asked Major-General Muhammadu Buahri (rtd) to account for his role in the July 28, 1966 coup d’état took place in the country, during which no fewer than 300 Igbo army officers were killed.
A statement made available to newsmen in Abuja, on Sunday, by the Department of Media and Communications of the presidential campaign of the APC, described the PDP statement as questioning the continued existence of Nigeria as a united nation.
“This is nothing short of treason. It rocks at the foundation of the oneness of Nigeria, its constitution, its flag and desecrates the blood of fellow citizens who fought on both sides of the war as part of their commitment to one, united nation,” the statement signed by the Director of Media, Garba Shehu said.
According to the APC, the statement by the ruling party is an attack on Buhari’s illustrious war record and inspiring patriotism. This, the party described as “a grim pointer to the desperation by the president to return even if in the process, he causes a permanent damage to the well-being and continued existence of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”
“As a soldier of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Buhari’s participation in efforts to keep the country together was not because he loved the Igbos less, but because it was imperative that we develop as a unified nation.”
The APC noted that the world history had shown that in the process of the development of any nation, challenges bordering on national unity always cropped up.
Shehu therefore said that the statement by the PDPPCO lent credence to those who accused the ruling party of having lost interest in the unity of the Nigeria.