Former Akwa Ibom state senator, Anietie Okon, has raised concerns over killings in Plateau and Benue states
Okon said the 2019 elections may not hold if killings continue in the middlebelt
– Okon decried the way the government is handling the issue of insecurity in the nation
A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and former senator of Akwa Ibom state, Anietie Okon, has raised alarm that the 2019 general elections may not be feasible if the killing in Plateau and Benue continues.
Okon also accused the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari and the ruling party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) of not doing enough to curb the killings and increase security in the nation, Vanguard reports.
He said: “It is clear that there is an inherent lack of capacity in the All Progressives Congress, APC leadership. The president does not clearly understand his security responsibility to every Nigerian citizen.
“The elections may not hold. I say this going by what we have seen, the bloodletting in the country and the feeble and unimaginative response to it, and the obvious partiality and tendency exhibited by those who are supposed to contain and exterminate this bloodletting.
“It is very clear that the thing is worsening from day to day. Do you think you can have an election in Plateau tomorrow or in Benue? And the killing is spreading. It is part of their design and I challenge them to it.”
The former senator, who spoke with newsmen in Uyo, accused the APC of giving excuses instead of acting to put an end to the violence in the country.
“What would they not blame the PDP for?
“So we don’t bother about that because they are a party that lives mostly on excuses. All that they have been feeding the nation is excuses for their failures.”
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The group on Monday, July 2, labeled those calling for the sack of the service chiefs as corrupt.
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