The Peoples Democratic Party on Wednesday alleged that those against President Goodluck Jonathan were behind bombings in the country. The ruling party said this while reacting to Monday’s bombing at the School of Hygiene in Kano, Kano State as well as attacks on some Kaduna communities in which many innocent Nigerians were killed and several others wounded.
A statement issued by the National Secretary of the party, Prof. Wale Oladipo said the ruling party was deeply worried by the spate of mindless attacks which he said were aimed to cow the people, destabilize the polity and destroy the future of the nation, The Punch reports. Oladipo asked Nigerians to note the pattern and timing which he said betrayed a trend tailored against the PDP and the Federal Government while condemning in very strong terms the wicked and senseless attacks on Nigerian citizens.
The statement said in part, “We have observed that it has become a recurrent decimal that whenever the PDP or the Federal Government records or is about to record a major milestone, insurgents launch attacks on the people, the most recent being the Kano and Kaduna attacks which came at the wake of PDP’s victory in Ekiti State last Saturday and ahead of the ground-breaking and unveiling ceremony of the Centenary City by President Jonathan on Tuesday.
“Was it a mere coincidence that bombs went off in Nyanya, in Abuja on Monday, April 14, 2014, killing over a hundred innocent citizens at a time the world focused on Nigeria for the hosting of the 25th World Economic Forum in Abuja?
“Was it also a mere coincidence that the Chibok school girls were abducted by insurgents the following day? Were these attacks part of a plot to divert attention from the gains of the Forum and paint the Federal Government as incompetent and the nation as unsafe?” He also asked whether the Nyanya bombing was deliberately timed to stop the PDP rally, which he said was already scheduled for Tuesday, April 16 in Kano following apprehension by some opposition elements that the rally might expose and spell doom for their political hold on the state.
Oladipo also asked Nigerians to decipher whether the insurgents that attacked and bombed Jos Terminus Market killing hundreds of Nigerians on Thursday, May 20, 2014, two days before the shelved PDP mega rally in Ekiti State was a mere coincidence or not. He said the attack might have been planned to ultimately stop the rally for fear that it would soar the popularity of the PDP in the state. Oladipo said, “Was it also a mere co-incidence that these attacks scaled up after President Jonathan performed the ground breaking ceremony of the Second Niger Bridge in March, also to divert attention from that achievement?
“We wonder if it was also a coincidence that insurgents attacked the Mamudo Government Secondary School in Yobe, killing 41 school children and a teacher on July 6, 2013, a day after President Goodluck Jonathan flagged off the rehabilitation of the Lagos-Ibadan Express way.” He, therefore, asked Nigerians to critically examine the timing and mode of the series of attacks since the emergence of the current administration and make their deductions regarding whose interest they serve.
Oladipo asked whether those behind the blasts were desperately using those attacks to attempt to slow the tempo of governance and further their efforts to discredit the PDP-led administration as a means to achieve political control. While commiserating with the families of the deceased and praying for speedy recovery for the wounded, Oladpipo called on Nigerians to continue to be alert and resist attempts by desperate enemies of the country to destroy its common heritage and unity that he said was common among the citizens.