By Nnamdi Ojiego
The Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) has warned the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) against continuing to play the religious card in its desperate and ongoing attempt to destabilize the South-west, saying the consequences of such a misadventure will be too grave for the nation.
In a statement issued in Lagos on Monday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said the concocted accusations against Osun State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola, that he is trying to Islamize the state and also engineering secession, were part of the PDP’s grand plans to use religion as a destabilizing force in the South-west in particular and the whole country in Nigeria.
”The South-west as a region does not have a history of religious intolerance as, in most families, adherents of the various faith have co-existed peacefully through the ages. It is therefore curious that a party that prides itself as pan-Nigeria will seek to end the age-long religious tolerance in this region just for political expediency,” ACN said.
The party further said the fact that the PDP desperadoes and their collaborators in the security services could even try to link Governor Aregbesola with Boko Haram is an indication of how low they are willing to sink just to carry out their nefarious plot.
ACN noted that any keen observer of the way the PDP-controlled federal government has handled the Boko Haram crisis will not be too surprised that the party’s goons in the South-west, backed by their clueless bosses at the federal level, are resorting to religion in their inordinate quest to ‘recapture’ the
region they so mindlessly plundered in their first coming.