Abuja – The All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) has advised Nigerians not to allow themselves to be used by any foreign interest to entrench terror and insecurity in the country.
This is contained in a statement signed by the ANPP National Publicity Secretary, Mr Emma Eneukwu, on Monday in Abuja.
ANPP, however, called on the good people of Nigeria not to allow poverty to befuddle their nationalistic vision and resort to terrorism.
The statement said: “Truly there is hardship in the land, but we should place the country above any other interest, if we are to live peacefully in the country.
“ANPP received the string of kidnapping and terrorism news making the rounds in the media with sadness.
“Last week gunmen kidnapped six workers, including two foreigners at a Lebanese owned construction site in Bauchi.”
According to the statement, some suspects were arrested recently for spying on some foreign targets in Nigeria for the purpose of future attacks.
“Our great party is worried over these cases of kidnapping and terrorism for their potentials to throw a spanner in the works of our burgeoning democracy.
“ Therefore, we condemn these acts of kidnapping and espionage, for they are unpatriotic and detrimental to our growth and development as a people,” it said.
It commended men of the SSS for their professional and patriotic jobs, they gave Nigerians the hope that intelligence gathering was the key to fighting insecurity in the country.
“ We also encourage the nation’s security agencies to do more in order to stem the spate of kidnappings in the nation.
“They should apply more inter-agency intelligence sharing, and also network effectively in order to respond quickly to threats and to intervene at potential flash points,” it said.
The party urged the Federal Government to endeavour to create jobs for unemployed, especially the youth in order to dissuade them from committing crimes and other social vices.
Accordingly, ANPP urged the Federal Government to instil confidence in the expatriate working in the country, by showing more sincerity and diligence to fight against terrorism.
It expressed optimism that with seriousness and commitment, Nigeria would surmount all its present challenges. (NAN)