The Federal Government has stated that the release of Dapchi schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram terrorists has shown the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, as a party that is not patriotic and sensitive, adding that it is breaking its own rules of not replying criticisms from the party because PDP has over-reached itself by its response to Wednesday’s release of the schoolgirls.
Recall that the national publicity secretary, Kola Ologboniyan, had in a post on Twitter described the kidnap and release of the girls as “A scam of no equal dimensions the world over. @OfficialPDPNig had repeatedly warned about conspiratorial plots advanced by @APCNigeria interests to gain heroic attainments”.
Reacting in a statement signed on Thursday by his special assistant, Segun Adeyemi, the Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed described the PDP as inhuman, insensitive, unpatriotic and unworthy party, adding that the Buhari government broke its own rules “because the PDP over-reached itself and scored an own goal at a time it could simply have congratulated the government and people of Nigeria on the release of the girls or just keep quiet”.
He stated that the federal government has precisely refused to respond to the PDP because the main opposition party has failed to learn the ropes of being an opposition party “even when we have advised them to take a crash course on the role of the opposition in a democracy”.
Mohammed, while stating that the reaction of the PDP amounts to an expression of sour grapes, especially because the party failed woefully – when it was in power – to quickly resolve a similar abduction of schoolgirls, said, “As we have said many times since the abduction of the Dapchi schoolgirls, no government is exempted from its own share of tragedies.
“What makes the difference is the way such tragedies are managed. Whereas it took the PDP all of 18 days to even acknowledge the abduction of the Chibok girls in 2014, the APC Federal Government acted promptly and responsively when the Dapchi schoolgirls were abducted 19 Feb. 2018, hence their quick release.”
He stressed that it is unfortunate that the PDP that failed woefully as a ruling party has also failed grievously as an opposition party, going by its insensitive and crude response to the release of the Dapchi schoolgirls – a development that calls for non-partisan celebration.
According to him, “In its 16 years in power, the PDP redefined governance as cluelessness, massive looting of the public treasury and crude exhibition of power. In its over three years in opposition, the PDP has again shown it does not understand the role of the opposition in a democracy. How then can the PDP convince Nigerians that it has learnt its lessons and that it is ready to rule the country again? Nigerians must say ‘never again’ to this primitive and soulless party.”
The minister went on to assure Nigerians that the Federal Government will intensify the ongoing efforts to secure the release of the remaining Chibok girls and return them safely to their families, just like over 100 other Chibok girls who have so far been released, unlike the PDP that could not secure the release of even one of the girls before it was booted out of power.