By Samuel Oyadongha
Yenagoa—Former governor of Bayelsa State and chieftain of the opposition All Progressives Congress, APC, Chief Timipre Sylva, has condemned Wednesday’s bloody attack on the convoy of General Muhammadu Buhari, former Head of State and National Leader of the APC.
Sylva, in a statement, yesterday, by his Media Adviser, Doifie Buokoribo, said that the apparent assassination attempt on Buhari was a spineless assault on the voice of conscience in Nigeria by bigoted terrorists and their political sponsors seeking evil attention.
Sylva noted that Nigerians, by their traditions and religions, are a naturally peaceful people, saying that those who promote or indulge in the campaign of death and destruction will have no place to hide from the wrath and curse of God and men.
He lamentedted the frustration of Nigerians with the Federal Government’s shoddy handling of the menace of insurgency and regretted that the terrorists appear to have been left to ride roughshod on the country.
He said: “We are embarrassed by President Goodluck Jonathan’s poor handling of the security problem and the situation where the government has allowed its sense of partisanship to overshadow the needed political, economic, and social will to tackle the insurgency.”
Sylva noted that in civilised societies, opposition leaders, as of right, enjoy more protection from the government than even those in government, stressing, “Murder is the worst form of censorship and this government has become increasingly notorious for attempting to permanently silence voices of opposition.”