A group, the Centre for Social Justice, Equity and Transparency, CESJET, has warned the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to desist from unnecessarily politicising national security issues.
The group said it was alarmed by the repeated and pointless manner the former ruling party had taken a swipe at President Muhammadu Buhari’s conscientious efforts at curbing the spread of insurgency in the country.
This warning is coming against the backdrop of PDP’s criticism of the appointment of the new Director General for the State Security Services, Lawal Daura.
In a statement signed by its Executive Secretary, Comrade Agbese Philip, the group condemned all recent attacks by the party on the President over key appointments, terming them ‘unjustifiable’.
The group accused the PDP of being responsible for the security mess in the country and warned it to refrain from acts capable of derailing the quest of Mr. President to bring insurgency to its knees.
Further, the group wonders what benefits the PDP’s unnecessary bashing of strategic institutions and appointments would bring to the nation, adding that the party should focus on being a credible opposition instead of being an irritant distraction to the APC-led federal government.
“We consider the recent attacks on President Muhammadu Buhari by the former ruling party over some key appointments as highly uncharitable, uninformed and alarming considering the brazen impunity that was used by former President Jonathan to appoint his cronies and family members into sensitive positions without any challenge from his party men who today pretend to be patriotic,” it reads in part.
The Centre, while cautioning that “there is no Nigerian that has no sympathy or love for one political party or the other and such right is fundamental to every citizen, also pleaded with Nigerians and all political actors to spare the Department of State Security, DSS, of partisan politics and affiliations in order for them to work for the overall interest of the nation without political party colouration”.
Meanwhile, the Centre has also called on the presidency to ignore all distractions from the PDP and all naysayers of his administration but continue to be mindful of professionalism and nationalism in his appointment of key officials, especially those of security and anti-corruption as these are the fundamental tenets of his administration’s policies.

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