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NIGERIA: Shelve Kwara Rally to Mourn Slain Pupils, APC Urges Jonathan

President Goodluck JonathanThe Kwara State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) yesterday urged President Goodluck Jonathan and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to shelve tomorrow’s planned rally in Ilorin, the state capital.
 
It described a campaign visit to the state or any other state at this time as “insensitive, ill-timed and utterly inhuman.”
 
The president and national leaders of the PDP have planned a rally for tomorrow which the Kwara APC in a statement by its Interim Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Suleiman Olatunji Buhari, described as uncalled for.
 
The APC said Kwara PDP should allow Mr. President sufficient time to mourn the monumental tragedies in Yobe, Borno and Adamawa states where Boko Haram insurgents killed many innocent Nigerians including more than 40 pupils who were sleeping in their dormitory.
 
Kwara APC said: “May we remind these insensitive politicians in Kwara state, the President and all those irrelevant politicians that he seeks to rehabilitate in this state that the sane thing to do by all patriotic Nigerians is to feel and act sober, draw the grief-stricken people together, share in their pains and attempt to restore hope in the almost hopeless situation that parts of the country have been thrown into.
 
“We call on our peace-loving President to turn down the request of these desperate politicians who have invited him to Kwara state to further justify his well-known position that no individual ambition is worth the blood of a single Nigerian.”
 
However, Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed has called on politicians and their supporters to conduct themselves lawfully and avoid any action capable of disrupting the peace of Kwara State.
In a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media, Dr. Muideen Akoresde, Ahmed said: “Although the president is not on a state visit, we welcome him to our state of harmony. We will accord him all the courtesies and arrangements benefitting of his office.
 
“As a peace loving administration, we urge all to keep the peace, be lawful, and avoid any actions or utterances capable of rupturing our reputation for harmony.
 
“Regardless of political affiliation, our people must remain mindful of the rule of law and shun all actions that contravene the law, especially the maintenance of public order.”
Alhaji Ahmed said the empowerment programmes implemented by his administration was made possible due to the atmosphere of harmony in the state. He said all hands must be on deck “to sustain the peace regardless of party loyalties.”

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