OSOGBO — THE South-West zone of the Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, yesterday, called on the National Assembly to probe the sources of alleged security report claiming that Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State was creating an army of Islamic jihadists as a prelude to seceding from the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
But the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the South-West insisted that Aregbesola and ACN must face their problems with security agencies instead of linking PDP with its self-inflicted crisis.
While dismissing the report said to have originated from the Department of State Security, DSS, as false, the party said the purported DSS report should be investigated and its findings made public.
Reacting to the report published by a national newspaper on April 14, South-West zone of ACN, in a statement by Ayo Afolabi, Director of Publicity, said: “We wonder how this government is yet to realise that the Boko Haram challenge is the greatest threat ever to the unity of Nigeria. Otherwise, how on earth could the Federal Government be fishing for trouble in Osun State, which has known relative peace since November 2010 when the present administration came to power.
”It is such a shame that the Goodluck Jonathan administration has chosen to ignore the portion of its head which is aching, only to deploy treatment to the areas needing no medication. If what this government chose to do was to divert attention from the real issue, it has missed the mark once again.”
Meantime, reacting to claim by ACN that PDP was out to destablise the Southwest with the purported security report indicting Aregbesola of breeding Islamic fundamentalists, PDP Zonal Publicity Secretary, Kayode Babade, said: “No doubt, PDP will retrieve the Southwest states from the hands of the locusts that are destroying it.
”But we are not going to do so by cutting corners like ACN did in Ekiti and Osun states.”
PDP said Aregbesola should explain “why he is using members of TAWUN, an Islamic fundamentalist group as security guards instead of men of the police and SSS?
”He should explain why he sent five SSS officials out of the Government House in Osogbo because they had disagreement with the TAWUN men that had taken over the job of guarding the governor?
“Aregbesola should also tell the world why he changed the name of Osun State to State of Osun and he should explain the difference between the State of Palestine or State of Israel and the State of Osun.