Interim National Publicity Secretary, All Progressives Congress, Alhaji Lai Mohammed

The All Progressives Congress on Sunday said the time has come for President Goodluck Jonathan, to earn his epaulet as Commander-in-Chief by providing purposeful leadership.

This, the party noted, was what was required ?rather than quietly egging on those who stupidly believe these insurgents are being sponsored by the opposition and some other ill-defined people to discredit the government.?

Interim National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said this in a statement sent via electronic mail.

The APC observed that it had been argued in certain quarters that the resurgent attacks and the abduction of over 200 schoolgirls were aimed at discrediting the Jonathan Administration, especially ahead of this week?s World Economic Forum on Africa.

It said what the theorists had conveniently forgotten, was that the activities of the insurgents tar every Nigerian, whether in the ruling or opposition party, with same brush and that no Nigerian, ultimately, benefits from these barbarous insurgency.

The statement partly read: ?Therefore, Mr. President should rise above the fray and seize this moment in history to assert your leadership and stop whining about this insurgency. The buck stops on your desk, so stop pushing it to other people.

?If indeed you believe in the lies being peddled by your genuflecting and capricious party officials that the opposition is behind these attacks, what prevents you from ordering the arrest and prosecution of these sponsors if you have concrete evidence of their involvement?

?In any case, how did these tales-by-the-moonlight sponsorship allegations prevent your government from frontally tackling this all-consuming insurgency? Does the head of a household refuse to put off a fire set on his roof because some arsonists are behind it? Mr. President, this is your battle to win or lose, and you are the one history will judge over the outcome, not those self-serving members of your party??

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