Govt Shutdown: Presidency Dares APC, Threatens to Use Security Against Members
The Presidency yesterday dared the All Progressives Congress (APC) over the party’s directive to its members to shut down the affairs of the Federal Government, even as the APC House members, weekend, vowed to heed the party’s directive.
Flaying the APC’s threat to resort to self-help over the crisis in Rivers State, the Presidency vowed that appropriate sanctions by security agents would be applied to any effort to derail the normal working of government.
Special Adviser to the President on Political Affairs, Alhaji Ahmed Gulak while flaying the APC resolution said it was a recipe for anarchy and vowed that whatever actions were made towards self-help, particularly in Rivers State would be matched with appropriate reaction by security agencies.
Gulak in a statement said: “The Federal Government has directed the law enforcement agencies to take seriously all statements aimed at inciting violence and disturbing the peace.”
He said no responsible administration would fold its arms and watch politicians incite their supporters to take up arms or resort to extra-judicial means to resolve disputes when there are legally established channels for conflict resolution in the country.
Noting that the Federal Government has a responsibility to protect all Nigerians and ensure that every Nigerian is free to pursue his business and happiness in an atmosphere of concord and tranquility, he said: “The Federal Government fully recognises the constitutional guarantees of freedom of speech and freedom of assembly, we regard such enshrined constitutional guarantees of basic rights of Nigerians as the pillars of democratic governance; we know that the full enjoyment of such rights come with personal and civic responsibilities on individuals and groups, it is therefore regrettable and unfortunate, that APC which prides itself as a progressive party, should go all out to incite its supporters to resort to self help to redress their grievances”.
According to Gulak, “this is a display of desperation and crass opportunism by a political party that wants to win at all cost. There are rules of engagement and we expect all parties to abide by such rules rather than fomenting trouble in order to gain media attention.
But the APC whip in the House of Representatives, Rep. Osagie while giving his readiness to rally the party faithful to heed the directive
“I am a member of a political party and I cannot disagree with my party. All I can say right now is that even the deaf can hear, the blind can see that this government is not only rudderless, it is involved in huge illegalities and unconstitutionalities; it has no respect for the rule of law, neither does it have respect for the right of citizens.”
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