-A former Senate minority leader, Godswin Akpabio, has ridiculed the security efforts of PDP on boko haram insurgency
- Akpabio claimed that during the reign of the opposition party, insurgents were moving freely in the country, especially in the northeast
- He commended the effort of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration, adding that the insurgency has been curbed to some extents
Godswin Akpabio, a former Senate minority leader who defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC) has expressed optimism in the way Buhari-led administration is responding to the security issue in Nigeria, adding that the country was vulnerable to terrorism during the reign the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The Cable reported that Akpabio who threw the jibes at PDP while responding to questions during a Channels TV programme on Monday, 3 September, said insurgency was the order of the day during the reign of the former ruling party, PDP. He further commented that Buhari government has been able to put the insurgence under control.
He said: "President Muhammadu Buhari’s government has come; it has shown a lot of commitment towards fighting insurgents. At that time when we were in charge, the PDP, I can tell you that so many communities and local governments across the north-east were under the control of Boko Haram. Their flags were flying everywhere, and they were moving around freely.”
Commenting on the how the polity of the country should be run during the time of emergency, Akpabio remarked that "when a country is in crisis; when there is an emergency, all hands must be on deck … As nationalists, we want Nigeria to survive – it doesn’t matter the political party."
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that the former Senate minority leader who just defected from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress Congress (APC), had said he was not interested in being Senate president.
Akpabio said contrary to speculations that he was gunning for the seat of the number three man in Nigeria, the position was not in his mind now.
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