Segun Showunmi, the spokesman for former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, in an open letter issued as a reply to the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government said that the government should name those it accused of promoting crisis in a bid to sabotage the current government.
Naija Buzz had published a report where Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the Minister of Information and Culture, had accused the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, of working to destroy Buhari’s government.
Mr. Lai further alleged that the federal government has credible evidences that shows that Atiku was plotting to sabotage the current government.
Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, the Chief of Army Staff, had few days ago in Borno State alleged that politicians who lost in the last general elections were responsible for the spate of banditry in the nation.
Atiku’s spokesman in an apparent reply to Mr. Lai challenged him to call names and bring the evidences, saying that failure to do so would mean that the administration was a victim of what he described as “Frustration-Aggression-Displacement Theory.”
According to him, someone who is frustrated by his inability to accomplish a task usually misdirects his grievances against the wrong persons. Consequently, he alleged that President Buhari was directing his anger on the opposition instead of directing it at his aides.
“I would never know why, but I wish to tell you that the narrative about opposition being responsible for security crisis and treason coming in one press release is extremely dangerous to the country, to opposition elements, but most especially, to you and your reputation!
“That is a line that they ought not to cross. I want to suggest that the right approach would be to name specific individuals that credible intelligence fingers in this.
“We have, as Nigerians, enough challenges at nation building that we do not need to rip the country in halves.”
Atiku’s spokesman also accused the current All Progressives Congress (APC) led government of using the anti-graft agencies as a weapon against opposition figures perceived to be corrupt, while providing cover for corrupt ruling party chieftains.
“it is embarrassing to give the impression that none of those in cahoot with you and your government are guilty, if not more, of the same corrupt enrichment and abuse of office that your agents seem so fixated on.
“The impression every discerning Nigerian gets is that your anti-corruption torch light mainly exposes the main figures of the opposition as the only ones deep in this national malaise.”
Anti-graft agencies like the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had been repeatedly accused of double standard.
The EFCC looks the other way whenever it involves an APC member, but however witch-hunts opposition members.
Recently, the EFCC re-opened an investigation into a case involving Senate President Bukola Saraki. It sealed off some of his properties located at 15, 16 MacDonalds Road in Ikoyi, Lagos State.
These properties were part of the Federal Government case against Saraki at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) which he won at the Supreme Court in 2017.
Despite been exonerated by the highest court in Nigeria, the EFCC, in an apparent bid to convict the outgoing Senate President, decided to investigate him from 2003 when he emerged Governor of Kwara State to 2011 when he became senator.
“As if the latter’s comments are not unfortunate enough, one just needs to look at the other organisations within the executive like the EFCC and ICPC, among others, to become curious as to how come, suddenly, under your watch, the main victims of their activities are opposition figures and persons perceived to be close to them.”
Mr. Showunmi further noted that the statement issued by Buhari’s information minister was more like stifling the opposition which is bad for democracy.