The People’s Democratic Party, PDP, has been accused of sponsoring a report which stated that the deaths of Chief of Defense Staff, Alex Badeh and General Idris Alkali, “were not a coincidence”.
Convention for Democracy, made the claim on Thursday, in reaction to a report by the International Strategic Studies Association (ISSA)
Ajao Lawrence, CD National President, in a statement, said the opposition was insensitive by “politicising” loss of lives.
Ajao said, “Unfortunately, what the PDP has succeeded in doing is to mock Nigerians with the death of some patriots in recent times. This habit is consistent with the party’s history of insensitivity to the pain it has inflicted on citizens, which has continued to echo as the insecurity that the country continues to deal with till date.
“It is this same insecurity that is responsible for the deaths of the various gallant commanders that the report now attempted to read meanings into.
“Politicising the deaths using the report is insensitive and the PDP’s attempt to malign the Nigerian government with the killing of Badeh and Alkali is irresponsible even for a group of people that were long ago described as a nest of vipers.
“This desecration of memory of the departed is purely a prop for the purpose of elections. The intention is to instigate crisis in the polity and cause ethnic and religious strife that are all geared towards destabilizing the 2019 General Elections.
“Our worry is that as the elections draw nearer there would be more lies that could cost the life of Nigerians. The party that has been responsible for the killing of innocent Nigerians under various guises like herdsmen/farmers crisis, Boko Haram insurgency, banditry and other crises will strike again and find a way to blame it on the incumbent government.
“The PDP is addicted to the strategy of packaging crises and gifting them to Nigerians so that they can turn around to claim they alone should be entrusted with solving the problems they created in the first place.
“We therefore warn the PDP in the strongest terms to desist from using the misfortune of some Nigerians to promote disunity and hatred against the federal government, the military or any other agency.
“The accusation against the federal government may make the PDP feel like it is gaining political millage but the reality is that the suspects arrested for the killing of these former military chiefs and other Nigerians will simply plead innocence in court and point to the PDP report as indicting different people for the crimes.”