APC Doubts Suspect Arrested Over Assasination Attempt on Buhari, Calls for International Inquiry
The All Progressives Congress, APC, has called for an international inquiry to unravel the motive and the perpetrators of Wednesday’s assassination attempt on its leader, Muhammadu Buhari.
Mr. Buhari survived an attempt on his life when a suicide bomber trailed his motorcade and detonated his bomb-laden vehicle.
In a statement in Benin on Sunday by its National Chairman, John Oyegun, the party said it does not have the confidence that the Nigerian security agencies can carry out an impartial investigation, because they work for the government instead of the nation.
“How does one explain a situation in which a man who is nothing but a pervert is now being paraded as the suspected ‘mastermind’ of the attack on Gen. Buhari? At what point was this man, who perhaps is nothing but a transvestite plying his trade, arrested? Is it not clear, from the statement released by Gen. Buhari himself after the attack, that it was clearly the handiwork of a suicide bomber?
“Could the person who drove the vehicle that was rammed into the General’s convoy have survived the explosion that was triggered by that action? Could the innocent passers-by who died in the blast not have been arrested and paraded as the ‘suspected masterminds’ if they had survived the blast? Clearly, the arrest of the pervert and his sickening description as a ‘suspected mastermind’ have kick-started the process of muddling the waters, as is usually the case with such high-profile cases.
“This is why an urgent international inquiry into the attack is desirable and imperative, and anyone who is committed to an impartial probe of the attack on the opposition leader should embrace our call,” the APC said, adding that the insurgency and its spin-offs were now clearly beyond the capability of this Federal Government.
The party also said its call is justified by the statements and insinuations emanating from the ruling PDP and the presidency, both of which now seem to be pointing accusing fingers at the APC as being behind the assassination attempt on one of its top leaders.
”We are indeed in very interesting times, times that remind one of the failed attempt by the administration of the late military dictator, Gen. Abacha, to blame pro-democracy group NADECO for the series of deadly attacks on pro-democracy activists during the tenur of the administration.
”But we are confident that just as the truth about those who perpetrated those attacks was eventually revealed, the masterminds of the failed assassination attempt on our leader will definitely be exposed sooner than later, whether or not the government agrees to our call for an international inquiry,” the party said.
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