inquiry into Wednesday’s assassination attempt on its leader, Gen.
Muhammadu Buhari, to unravel the motive and the perpetrators of the
dastardly act that could have plunged the country into a deep turmoil,
had it succeeded.
In a statement issued in Benin on Sunday by its National Chairman,
Chief John Odigie Oyegun, the party said it does not have the
confidence that the Nigerian security agencies can carry out an
impartial investigation, because they work for the government instead
of the nation.
It said the call has become more urgent because the agents of the
Federal Government have started muddling the waters with their
sickening statements and actions on the attack.
”How does one explain a situation in which a man who is nothing but a
pervert is now being paraded as the suspected ‘mastermind’ of the
attack on Gen. Buhari? At what point was this man, who perhaps is
nothing but a transvestite plying his trade, arrested? Is it not
clear, from the statement released by Gen. Buhari himself after the
attack, that it was clearly the handiwork of a suicide bomber?
”Could the person who drove the vehicle that was rammed into the
General’s convoy have survived the explosion that was triggered by
that action? Could the innocent passers-by who died in the blast not
have been arrested and paraded as the ‘suspected masterminds’ if they
had survived the blast? Clearly, the arrest of the pervert and his
sickening description as a ‘suspected mastermind’ have kick-started
the process of muddling the waters, as is usually the case with such
”This is why an urgent international inquiry into the attack is
desirable and imperative, and anyone who is committed to an impartial
probe of the attack on the opposition leader should embrace our
call,” APC said, adding that the insurgency and its spin-offs are now
clearly beyond the capability of this Federal Government.
The party also said the call has been further justified by the
statements and insinuations emanating from the ruling PDP and the
presidency, both of which now seem to be pointing accusing fingers at
the same party (APC) that is clearly the target of the failed
assassination attempt on one of its top leaders.
”The questions to ask the purveyors of such repugnant theories are:
Did the late Emir of Kano also stage the attack on his convoy? Did the
other Emirs who were attacked, with at least one of them killed
recently, also stage the attack against themselves? Did Gen. Muhammed
Shuwa, who was killed by gunmen in Maiduguri in 2012, also stage the
attack on himself?
”We are indeed in very interesting times, times that remind one of
the failed attempt by the Administration of the late military
dictator, Gen. Abacha, to blame pro-democracy group NADECO for the
series of deadly attacks on pro-democracy activists during the tenure
of the Administration.
”But we are confident that just as the truth about those who
perpetrated those attacks was eventually revealed, the masterminds of
the failed assassination attempt on our leader will definitely be
exposed sooner than later, whether or not the government agrees to our
call for an international inquiry,” it said.