The Federal Government has described as an “act of desperation’’, the words traced to the PDP Presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, about the cruel murder in Nigeria continuing if Presidency remained the same.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, talked about the government’s position at a media briefing on Thursday in Abuja.
The minister said that Atiku is desperate “due to his floundering campaign’’ and urged the former Vice President to play the game of politics fairly. He also told him to not politicise murder.
“It is clear to all Nigerians that the electioneering campaign of the PDP presidential candidate has failed to gain traction.
“From Sokoto to Ilorin to Ibadan to Gombe, it has been a disastrous outing for the campaign.
“ With that magnitude of failure, anyone can say anything to stay afloat,’’ he said.
The minister also reacted to the allegation of clampdown on civil society with the re-arrest and detention of Deji Adeyanju.
He said: “There is no clampdown on any civil society, except in the wild imagination of naysayers.
“As I have said, being in opposition is no licence to break the law and then hope to escape justice.
“If the police have re-arrested Adeyanju, they must have a compelling reason to do so. Anyone who breaks the law must face justice’’.
Mohammed said that the alleged warning that the security agencies might be strong supporters of a particular party during the 2019 polls was mainly what the opposition is trying to pitch to Nigerians.
“The opposition is only crying wolf where there is none, and in view of what they did during their 16 years in power.
“They never really won a free and fair election. Their strategy was to use the security agencies to thwart the wishes of voters.
“They did it in Ekiti and Osun in 2014. I was a victim in Osun, so I know what I am saying.
“But the guilty are always afraid. They think what they have done to others is what will be done to them,’’ he said.
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