The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) declared seven days of mourning over the terrible killings in Jos, Plateau state, last weekend.
The presidency fired back at the PDP, calling its actions “irresponsible politics” and accusing the party of “dancing on the graves of the dead.” And then the presidency decided to play its own irresponsible politics and dance on the graves of the dead by pointing out that in the 16 years of PDP rule, over 22,000 citizens were killed in ethnic and communal clashes.
So basically, it’s now a competition between the two parties over which of them failed Nigerians more.
Here’s what the presidency said in a statement signed by Femi Adesina, the president’s spokesman:
– “A quick checklist of some savage and brutal killings in Nigeria during PDP rule, between 1999 and 2015, for which no national mourning was declared:
November 20, 1999. Odi, in Bayelsa State, was invaded on orders of a PDP President. About 2,500 people killed. No national mourning.
Between February and May, 2000, about 5,000 people were killed during riots over Sharia law in different parts of the North. No national mourning.
In 2001, hundreds of people, including the old, infirm, women and children were killed in Zaki Biam. No crocodile tears.
Between September 7-12, 2001, Jos, Plateau State, erupted in internecine killings. Between 500 and 1,000 people were killed. Flags were not flown at half mast.
In February, 2004, at least 975 people were killed in Yelwa-Shendam, Plateau State. No mourning by the then ruling PDP.
Between November 28 and 29, 2008, Jos was in flames again, with 381 deaths. No mourning.
In 2010, 992 people killed in Jos. Mum was the word.
In 2014 alone, according to Global Terrorism Index, at least 1,229 people were killed in the Middle Belt. No mourning.
Boko Haram killings in PDP years were over 10,000. PDP flags were still fluttering proudly in the sky.
To cover up his tracks for the terrible statement, Adesina added these two paragraphs:
“Those who take pleasure in twisting statements from the Presidency may claim we are saying that many more people were killed under PDP than under President Muhammadu Buhari. It would be unconscionable to do so. The intendment of this statement is to show that wanton killings had been with us for awhile; this government is working towards enduring solutions and should be given the opportunity to do so.
“Even a single soul is precious, and no man should take a life, which he cannot create. But when tragic situations as had happened in Plateau State occur, such should never be used to play crude politics. Those who are wont to do so should have change of hearts, or lose their very humanity.”