The People Democratic Party (PDP) has asked the Department of State Services (DSS) to interrogate Godswill Akpabio, minister of Niger Delta affairs, over his comment on Nigeria’s security woes.
On Thursday, while speaking in Abuja, Akpabio had said that the insecurity the country is battling with is “politically motivated.”
“I think most of the problems are politically motivated, so we must use our binoculars to be able to look and identify the sponsors of the insecurity we are witnessing in the country,” the minister had said.
The PDP, however, described the comment by Akpabio — who left the party for the All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2018 — as “self-professed evidence.”
In a statement issued on Friday, Kola Ologbondiyan, the party’s spokesman, said the minister is privy to “certain terrorism-related information” that Nigerians are not aware of and which must be disclosed to the DSS.
“The PDP charges the Department of State Services (DSS) and other security agencies to immediately invite the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio, to name politicians in the APC that are behind the acts of terrorism and banditry ravaging our nation,” Ologbondiyan said.
“The PDP stressed that there is self-professed evidence that Senator Akpabio is privy to certain terrorism-related information which he must be made to share with the DSS as well as other security agencies.
“Our party’s position is predicated on comments made by Senator Akpabio at the APC national secretariat in Abuja on Thursday that the acts of terrorism in our country are ‘politically motivated’ and that they are the handiwork of infiltrators from neigbouring countries.”
“Now that Senator Akpabio has shown that he has certain information regarding the spur for escalated acts of terrorism in our country, our party urges the DSS and other security agencies to immediately invite him for questioning so as to expose the politicians in his party that are behind the ugly situation in our country.”