Buhari Vs PDP: Unguarded Utterances And Its Protracted Consequences

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Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has had many publicity secretaries over the years of its existence. But to me, Olisa Metuh is just different. He’s not only not careful with what he says but also very rudely reckless in his public utterances. Though without any substantial prove, he has been linking the level of the insecurity all over the nation (but mainly in the North) to some prominent opposition figures and or those that has fallen out with the federal government.

In his latest public statement, as he often does after any national tragedy that further exposes the current federal government incompetence -the Nyanya bomb blast in the outskirts of Abuja -Mr Metuh has on last Tuesday accused Gen. Buhari, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, former FCT Minister Nasir El-Rufai and Rivers State Governor Rotimi Amaechi of making utterances that helped the insurgency in the country. He said inflammatory utterances by these politicians against the emergence of President Jonathan as the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, sparked off hatred and attracted insurgents who started demanding the ouster of the President with threats to crippling the system through acts of terrorism.

He insisted that it was not a coincidence that after Buhari “beckoned on his supporters to go on lynching spree, should he lose the 2011 presidential election, an unprecedented violence broke out claiming the lives of hundreds of innocent Nigerians.”
However, Buhari had personally issued a statement last Thursday, giving the PDP Secretariat a seven (7) days ultimatum to retract its accusation linking him with Boko Haram terrorist acts and tender an unreserved public apology to him or face a legal battle in the court of law.

Now, I think unless and until he -Mr Olisa Metuh, and his party are made to know that they have had enough of this reckless utterness and that it must be stopped, they will continue with this divisive act that will only end up worsening the already ugly state of our security. It is very unfortunate that rather than the PDP-led federal government which is saddled with the security of our lives and properties, facing up squarely the issue on ground, it always look for scapegoats to blame whenever things go wrong just to cover up their failure.

They must learn the proper ethics of guarding their tongues when issues of National importance is in play. No more playing politics with our security. Please, Buhari should sue both the PDP and its publicity secretary even if they tender their apology. Yes! This time around, there should be no more ‘settling out of the court’. Because it is only through this action, that they can make them stop, Abati (Special Assistant to the President) has done that before after which he apologized but still Olisa Metuh repeated the same thing. Now we are no more sure somebody will not repeat it again even if they apologize.