Amidst rising insecurity in the country, the member representing Ado/Ogbadigbo/Okpokwu Federal Constituency of Benue State has come down hard on members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), who found it convenient then, to criticise Dr Goodluck Jonathan, when he was president, but are helpless now that their party is in power and cannot tackle the same issues for which they were attacking Jonathan.
Using a video to buttress his case, Agbo, who is a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), specifically picked on Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai, who was an ardent critic of Jonathan, when he was president.
In the video, El-Rufai was seen talking about some abducted girls, most probably the Chibok girls, and strongly insinuating that the girls were in captivity for long because none of them was Jonathan’s daughter, adding that if it were so, the story would have been different.
Continuing, El-Rufai said the only reason why the girls were in captivity was because, none of them was the daughter of any important Nigerian.
When he was asked if he would support negotiating with the kidnappers to procure the release of the girls, he said “I am in support of every option. When you have the lives of your citizens at risk, you should not take any option off the table. You should be flexible, you should listen and do whatever it takes to secure their release”.
That was way back when Dr Goodluck Jonathan was president. Now, let us fast-track to the present, when the table has turned full circle and the All Progressives Congress (APC) and not the PDP, is now in power and Muhammadu Buhari, not Goodluck Jonathan, is now president. The level of insecurity in the country is far more serious than it was when Jonathan was at the helm of affairs.
In recent times, there has been some highbrow kidnap of secondary school girls and university students, with the federal government refusing to negotiate with the abductors, which was what El-Rufai advocated when Jonathan was the president but ironically not adaptable when the APC is in power! Not only is nothing being done to secure the release of these abducted students, but the victims are being killed one by one by the kidnappers! According to Agbo, this smacks of a double standard. Or can we call it a conspiracy against Jonathan?
Reviewing the whole saga, the Parliamentarian said;
“This was Mallam el-rufai, then a critic of every issue or policy of the Federal Government when Dr. Goodluck Jonathan was President of Nigeria. Today, he is Governor of Kaduna State, he is in power, his party is in power in Aso Rock, his party formed Government at the majority of the states, his party is a comfortable majority in the National Assembly and the buck stops at President Muhammadu Buhari’s desk, yet insecurity is at its apogee, blood is today cheaper and easier to see on the streets of Nigeria than sachet water.
Indeed Nigeria is at war. Nigerians are at war with one another. What a crazy country induced by a terrible aggregate leadership!”
He advised that people should not be quick at drawing conclusions, especially on security issues and that people should not politicise insecurity, irrespective of the time or political interest.
According to him:
My take is that we should never draw conclusion on any security matter we don’t have empirical facts on, we should never politicize insecurity irrespective of time and political interest, for in the end, just as we have seen, we are all casualties of the savage violence and senseless killings that have become the story of Nigeria!
In conclusion, the member of the House of Representatives said “Even in this perilous time when the country is at the precipice, those of us in the opposition should not pay back the APC leadership for their irresponsible, unpatriotic and partisan opposition in the past. We should collectively work patriotically to salvage this country. For it is when we salvage, secure this nation, first and foremost, that we can aspire to be anything!”
It will be recalled that years ago when Goodluck was president, a staunch member of the ruling APC and Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola had said “any serious government can fix the problem of electricity in the country within six months”. Ironically, Fashola was in charge of Works, Housing and Power all through the first tenure of Buhari and could not fix the same problem of electricity he had said any serious government could fix in six months.