by Segun Odeleye
The ruling party in Nigeria has released a statement following the bomb explosion on Monday morning in the Nyanya area of Abuja, the nation’s capital.
The party said it was shocked and grief-stricken by the attacks and condoled those who lost loved ones in the explosion.
In a statement which was signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh, the party said: “The PDP weeps. We are indeed grief-stricken. Our hearts go out to the bereaved, especially those who have been orphaned and widowed and thosenow deprived of their bread winners by this evil act. We share in their pain, their anguish and their loss and pray that those behind their grief must not escape justice.”
But then the party went into attack mode. It said that the bomb blast was politically motivated and particularly fingered the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC).
“We stand by our earlier statements that these attacks on our people are politically motivated by unpatriotic persons, especially those in the APC, who have been making utterances and comments, promoting violence and blood-letting as a means of achieving political control.
“Nigerians are also aware of utterances by certain APC governors which have been aimed at undermining our security forces and emboldening insurgents against the people. Those who have been promoting violence through their utterances can now see the monster they have created. They can now see the end product of their comments; a country flowing daily with the blood of the innocent.
“The question is; how do they feel when they see the mangled and blood-soaked bodies of their victims? How do they feel when they hear the voices of the dying and the injured? Of course they feel nothing. Their hearts have been hardened and they are embittered by the fact that they have been rejected by the people. They are bitter because the people have chosen to rally round the government they love and voted for; but must they chose the path of violence and bloodletting as a response to the wishes and aspiration of the people”, the statement said.
Meanwhile APC chieftain, Bola Tinubu, in his pwn response, said the buck stops at the table of Pres. Jonathan and he must bear responsibility for the attacks and stop giving excuses.