National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, yesterday, declared that Nigeria was under siege following incessant attacks in parts of the country by terrorist groups. He spoke as the Senate tasked the Service Chiefs and Heads of Security Agencies to immediately find solution to the security challenges.
The PDP chairman spoke on the state of the nation at his country home in Jada Local Government of Adamawa State shortly after visiting Ganye Local Government Area and in Abuja.
Tukur was in Adamawa to condole with the people of Ganye over the recent terrorist attack which left 25 persons dead and scores of others wounded. He warned that the nation might become ungovernable unless urgent steps were taken to arrest the situation.
Tukur, who assessed the level of damage done to the town, described the incident as not only unfortunate but also condemnable.
According to Tukur, the level of the attack on Ganye showed that evil was contesting against good in the country, as the attackers unleashed mayhem on the people irrespective of their religion or economic status.
“This is evil opposing good; here are people who attack Mosques, Churches, markets, banks, motor parks, police stations without considering who is there. Surely, our nation is under siege. It is not the question of PDP, ACN, CPC or any political party or religion. The truth is that Nigeria is under siege, therefore all of us must come together and face this challenge.
“The attackers have not spared any part of the country especially the northern states while other parts of the country are facing another form of evil associated with kidnapping”, he said.
He lamented that no community in Nigeria was spared of any form of insecurity challenge or the other.
Tukur also acknowledged that PDP should take responsibility for the insecurity because it was the ruling party in the country, but he was quick to add that the situation needed collaborative effort by everyone to tackle.
Tukur said that if there was no Nigeria, there would be no political parties, the media or any other organization, saying it was because of this that people must stand up together and confront the evil of insecurity.
He also spoke about security challenges at his Wuse 2 private residence in Abuja and urged all opposition parties, Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, Organised Labour, Civil Society Organisations, CSOs and others to come together and fight what he described as evil.
His word: “Today there is fear everywhere, churches are being burnt, Mosques are being attacked, United Nations building bombed, motor parks are being bombed, people cannot go to motor parks again to travel for fear of being attacked; security installations such as police stations, prisons are being burnt down and inmates released at will, nobody knows the next target of attack.
“It is not about the PDP or President Goodluck Jonathan; this is a matter that should be of concern to everybody irrespective of political, ethnic or religious affiliations, the opposition, the labour movement, religious leaders, traditional rulers. We all have to come together to fight the evil that is now manifesting everywhere in our land; those perpetuating this evil are within us in the society, it is not a matter of Mr President or the PDP-led Federal Government alone.
JD:I am releived that Bamanga Tukur admits we are inder seige in Nigeria,just like he is in the pdp.Nigeria is just not under seige by the situation he admits, we the people are under seige by a government that is not just delivering on promises never made but is ready to hold all to ransom in its bid to remain beyond 2015.We are under seige by a totally inept government,bereft of ideas and the will to provide good governance.Is Akpabio not a member of his party?Has he called him him to order?He talks of an evil manifesting in our land,under whose watch has all this happened?….and by the way doesnt he think he himself is under seige as the party is ready to implode under him,cant he and his fellow travellers just make that ultimate sacrifice?