The worsening security situation in the country at the weekend set the All Progressives Congress (APC) against the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
In response to PDP’s description of the APC-led government as inept and no longer able to handle the security situation, the APC defended President Muhammadu Buhari’s approach.
It said the PDP was “playing to the gallery”.
PDP governors accused the President of failing Nigerians at a time of grave national crises.
They said the Federal Government was helpless and incapable of responding effectively to the security challenges.
Besides expressing apprehension at the unrestricted incursion of Boko Haram terrorists into newer and inner territories, they also bemoaned the daily killing of innocent Nigerians, including policemen and other security personnel and the abduction of hapless students in different parts of the country.
In a communiqué after their Abuja meeting, PDP governors said Nigeria was descending into anarchy.
But APC Caretaker/Extra-Ordinary Convention Planning Committee Secretary Senator John James Akpanudoedehe, said the PDP governors failed in reading the government’s approach correctly.
Akpanudoedehe said: “While high-level investigations are ongoing to fish out sponsors and perpetrators of the security incidents, President Buhari has already given marching orders to our security services to check the security incidents.
“We pray the investigations should not reveal conspiracies by the opposition to weaken the government in furtherance of their desperate 2023 aspirations.”
Akpanudoedehe maintained that as chief executives of their states, who receive constant security briefings, the governors should not engage in divisive rhetorics that could embolden criminals in carrying out their nefarious activities.
He added: “This is not the time to play to the gallery, but to find real and lasting solutions. The latter is what the Buhari administration is doing.
“We urge stakeholders and indeed, all well-meaning Nigerians, to avoid politicising or being simplistic about the security situation. At a time like this, our duty to our nation as good citizens should outweigh political party colorations.
“The party and government definitely share concerns of well-meaning Nigerians, including PDP governors. However, let no one be in doubt as to the urgency and capacity of the President Muhammadu Buhari government to end the security incidents.
“We are however, confident that our PDP governors and indeed, all stakeholders, will cooperate and support ongoing efforts to quickly and permanently end the security incidents.”
Insecurity persisted yesterday with the killing in Kogi of Solomon Akeweja, a Kogi State Pension Board Commissioner. Yagba West Local Council Chairman Pius Kolawole was abducted.
Kogi Police spokesman William Aya, who confirmed the incident, said the two men were travelling in the same vehicle when they were attacked.
In Abaomege, Ebonyi State, a policeman was killed during an attack by gunmen on the police station.
Reflecting on the national crisis, Nasarawa State Governor Abdullahi Sule, who reaffirmed confidence in President Buhari ability to restore normalcy, urged the President to seek support from United State and halt the trend of banditry, kidnapping and terrorism.
The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) urged political leaders and security agencies to work harmoniously to resolve the security logjam.
Policeman killed in Ebonyi
Apart from policeman who was killed, another sustained injuries in the attack on Abaomege Police Station in Onicha Local Government Area on Saturday night.
A police source, who confirmed the attack, said: “Some gunmen attacked Abaomege police station and a policeman was killed while another was hospitalised following injuries sustained in the attack.”
The injured policeman is receiving treatment at the Alex Ekwueme Federal University Teaching Hospital, Abakaliki.”
According to the source, the policemen on duty repelled the gunmen who retreated after a gun battle.
Ebonyi Police spokesperson Loveth Odah confirmed the incident, saying the gunmen drove into the police station at about 11pm in a white bus with a blue top without any headlamp on. They destroyed the entrance make shift barricade. The Division is not fenced. And they started shooting sporadically at the Policemen on duty.
Odah said they also tried to set the Police station ablaze but were promptly repelled.
She said: “In the process Sargent Ofem Obeten attached to the Division was fatally wounded while Sgt Cosmos Okere was inflicted with marchete cut injuries and he is responding to treatment in the Hospital.”
The spokesperson said the Commissioner of Police, Aliyu Garba, had vowed to apprehend and prosecute the culprits.
Gunmen kill Kogi commissioner, abduct LG chairman
Kogi Police spokesman Eya said Akeweje and Kolawole were attacked at Eruku, boundary community between Kwara and Kogi States.
According to him, the duo were travelling back to Egbe from Kwara State when they were attacked.
The whereabouts of the abductee is unknown and his abductors were yet to contact anyone.
However, the driver of the vehicle survived the attack while the Akeweje’s body was deposited at the morgue of ECWA Hospital, Egbe.
Seek U.S., Britain support, Sule urges
Governor Sule advised the Federal Government to seek the support of U.S. and Britain in the areas of technology, equipment and training of military personnel to tackle insecurity.
He called on Nigerians not to play politics with the security challenges, adding that President Buhari, who is a retired General, understood the gravity of the problem.
Sule spoke on a Channels Television programme monitored in Lafia, the state capital.
The governor said banditry and insurgency were not conventional wars as experienced in Afganistan, which for over 40 years has been battling the Taliban.
He recalled that during the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan, mercenaries were recruited to fight insurgency in the Northeast, without much impact as Boko Haram continued with its onslaught.
Sule said: “I think if there is anybody who knows about all these, it’s Muhammadu Buhari, who rose to the rank of a Major General, who has been in the military. I don’t play politics with that.
“This is the time for the US and Britain to support us, with technology, equipment and training of our military personnel.”
Sule dismissed the claim by APC Senator Ali Ndume (Borno South) that governors were not doing enough to support President Buhari in fighting insecurity.
He said governors were supporting security agencies with logistics and equipment to discharge their responsibilities.
CAN: security agencies, political leaders should cooperate
CAN advised security agencies and political leaders to find a lasting solution to the crisis before it is too late.
The association in a statement by its President, Rev. Samson Ayokunle, said: “We also call on the leadership of the security agencies and our political leaders to wake up from their slumber before too late.