By AUSTIN OWOICHO, Abuja
The ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) has appealed to Nigerians to be wary of unpatriotic former leaders spreading hate and intolerance in the country, inciting hate in the process.
The party expressed this in a statement made available on Wednesday July 17, 2019, signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu.
“We must be wary of partisan individuals, many of whom formerly occupied elective positions but failed to tackle many of the criminality we face today.
“We must be wary of these leaders who now play to the gallery to incite, spread hate and intolerance in the country. Their interventions are not patriotic but in pursuance of their political and selfish interests,” APC said.
In the statement titled, “Criminality Has No Tribe in the Eyes of the Law – APC” the party expressed worries over recent incidents in the country.
“The All Progressives Congress (APC) notes public concerns over cases of violent crimes recorded in some parts of the country, particularly in the recent and unfortunate killing of Funke Olakunrin, daughter of Chief Reuben Fasoranti, Afenifere leader.
“Losing a loved one is never easy to come to terms with, particularly in such unfortunate circumstance. We join the President Muhammadu Buhari administration and all peace-loving Nigerians in extending condolences to the family of the late Funke Olakunrin on the sad and painful loss,” it stated.
The party said that it is however, disturbed by recent reckless and provocative statements ascribed to some leaders and interests in the country.
“Inciting actions and rhetorics are counterproductive and dangerous particularly in a multi-ethnic country such as ours. Terrorism, kidnapping, banditry, armed robbery and other crimes must be condemned by all. There is nothing like an Isoko, Gwari or Awori robber because criminality has no tribe in the eyes of the law,” it stated.
The party submitted that Nigerians must remind themselves that many of the recorded genocides all over the world started through unchecked prejudices and systematic profiling of racial, political and cultural groups.
“God forbid our dear country descends into such savagery,” it prayed.
APC rejected the notion of a Nigeria where any ethnic group is unwelcome in any part of the country.
“Every Nigerian must be free to live and work in safety anywhere in the country,” it stressed.
The party said that Nigeria’s leaders have an important duty to be temperate in their language and actions.
The APC urged the President Muhammadu Buhari administration, the National Assembly, religious, traditional, political leaders and indeed all well-meaning Nigerians not to be distracted by what it described as “these unpatriotic antics”.
“We may not agree on some issues in our national life, but we must continue to explore all peaceful and legitimate avenues to tackle our challenges and find amicable common ground to our disputation,” it pointed out.
The party therefore, called on relevant security agencies to intensify ongoing effort to rid the country of crime, particularly the violent type.