PDP Wants To Benefit From Herdsmen, Other Killings, We Will Stop Them – FG

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Professor Yemi Osinbajo.

THE Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) wants to benefit from series of tragedies bedeviling the nation, the federal government has said.

Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo stated this on Sunday while cautioning against the politicization of violence particularly that of the Herdsmen and other killings across the country.

He spoke at the Inter-denominational church service for the 2018 Armed Forces Remembrance Day Celebration, held at the National Christian Center, Abuja.

Though no name was mentioned, HEADLINE understand he was referring to the opposition PDP given the fact that the party had been at loggerheads with the government of the day.

The opposition party had described the recent massacres in Benue, Rivers, Kaduna and other states as extremely wicked and horrifying while commiserating with the families of the victims.

It asked the presidency and the ruling All Progressives Congress to search their conscience over the tragedies.

The opposition party said the APC and the Presidency reacted to the incidents only after the PDP and well-meaning Nigerians took them to task.

-The height of insensitivity of the APC Presidency became glaring in its reaction, wherein a media aide issued some apathetic and indifferent lines without any precise commitment towards bringing the perpetrators to book and assurances of adequate security to forestall a reoccurrence,” the PDP said in the statement.

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It called on the Presidency to have some soul-searching with regard to its silence and indifference whenever citizens fall under horrifying attacks.

Reacting, Osinbajo stated that it was the obligation of the government to defend the unity and territorial integrity of Nigeria by words and action.

He said, -We have seen even recently the killings that has resulted in attacks of herdsmen on farmers and communities and also where communities have attacked herdsmen.

-The state of violence and loss of lives in Rivers State, the Badoo killings in Lagos and Ogun, the President has ordered the police and armed forces to deal decisively with these killings to ensure that the perpetrators are found and punished. He has also through various strategic meetings task security agencies to work to find lasting solutions to these issues.

-But we recognized that as dangerous and heartless as these killings are, it is also dangerous to allow politics to play a part and to sometimes as they say pour petrol into already burning fire.

-We must not permit the politicization of this tragedy. One of the reasons why for years Boko Haram strife was because of the politicization of the insurgency. They were those who were planning to benefit politically from the tragedy and they painted the opposition then as the perpetrator.

-Again we have seen some today who want to benefit politically from the killing of women and children in Adamawa, Benue, Jos and several other places, stoking the embers of ethnicity and religion. By their hate speeches they want to fix their criminal acts of a few individuals on the whole tribe and a whole people and will want to create religious crisis if we allow.

-Our obligation is to stop them from playing dangerous politics that could threatened our unity and stability, just as we continue to enforce the peace in the troubled area.”