The National Chairman of the Unity Party of Nigeria, Dr Frederic Fasehun, has condemned what he described as the unwarranted politicisation of the current insecurity in Nigeria.
Fasehun made the statement in Lagos on Wednesday while speaking with the News Agency of Nigera (NAN) on the video clip of the abducted secondary school girls released by the Boko Haram sect.
According to him, politicians and political parties have seized every opportunity of Boko Haram’s bombing and killings for their campaigns of calumny.
“Casualties of Boko Haram are not just Christians, Moslems, Southerners or Northerners but Nigerians, who are being wantonly robbed of life, limb and livelihood.
“Times like this called for sober reflection rather than making post-fact statements that demoralise the people and malign the government and Nigerian security agencies.
“Politicians and political parties should join hands to condemn Boko Haram’s violent campaign.
“Terrorism is not just a Federal Government or PDP or Presidency problem. It is Nigeria’s problem. And no amount of smear campaign can stop the killings,’’ he said.
According to him, the end of Boko Haram will come when Nigerians collectively defy the group and politicians voluntarily withdraw their support for what he called “dogs of terrorism’’.
On the offer by the U.S. to assist in the rescue of the abducted girls and end terror in Nigeria, Fasehun advised the Federal Government to tread cautiously in considering the proposition.
He commended the military, State Security Service and the Nigeria Police for the gallantry they had displayed in fighting the dreaded sect.
The UPN leader also said that negotiating with Boko Haram for the release of the girls was not out of place.
According to him, there is nothing Nigeria can do that will be too much to ensure the release of the girls.
“The group’s demand has added a new dimension to the saga of the missing girls. Attempts by the sect for negotiation should be a welcome initiative.
“In the past, Boko Haram was not given to negotiations but just went on killing rampage.
“Whatever made them to want to negotiate should be harnessed. It is a good deal for Nigeria,’’ he said.
Fasehun, however, suggested that the UN and the International Red Cross should be brought in to facilitate the swap if possible.
He also appealed to the sect to ensure that the girls were returned unharmed, saying that children must not be used as pawns in international politics.
The chairman also told the Federal Government that setting the girls free was a short-term measure different from the long-term goal of terminating Boko Haram. (NAN)