Days after the heinous terrorist attack on a Kaduna-bound train on Monday night, the Peoples Democratic Party said Thursday in Abuja that a “public confession” by Kaduna State Governor, Nasir el-Rufai, validated its position that the All Progressives Congress-led government was aware of the terrorists’ whereabouts and plans but failed to act.
The main opposition also claimed that the Federal Government did not honor Rotimi Amaechi’s request to install security surveillance equipment to prevent terrorist attacks on the Kaduna-Abuja rail line.
The main opposition, in a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Debo Ologunagba, quoted Kaduna State Governor as saying “we know where their camps are, we know where they are, the SSS has their phone numbers, they listen to them and they give me report…”
However, in an earlier report, the governor, referring to the terrorists said, “We know what they are planning. We shouldn’t be waiting for them to attack; why can’t we go after them? We are in a state of war; this place should be declared a warzone. The Army, Air Force, and the police should go in there and kill them.”
In the statement titled, ‘Terrorism: El-Rufai, Amaechi’s confessions confirm complicity by APC govt,’ the PDP quoted the transport minister as saying “We knew what the problem would be. We knew we needed to have digital security equipment. We applied for it. Because if we had those equipment, you would see nobody on that track. And I warned that lives will be lost. Now, lives are lost. Eight persons dead, 25 persons in the hospital.”
It also accused the Buhari-led government of “refusing to act despite having full intelligence on the whereabouts, as well as the plans of the terrorists, confirms grave complicity and conspiracy.”
“It is clear that the APC is complicit in the many acts of terrorism in our country. Nigerians should therefore be united in ensuring that the APC is voted out of power in 2023 so that our nation can breathe a new lease of life,” it added.
Efforts to reach the National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress, Felix Morka, proved abortive as calls made to his mobile number were not answered.