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ABUJA- NATIONAL Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Alhaji Adamu Muazu told the Borno State government yesterday that he was not ready to join issues with the state and its leadership, just as he stressed that what was required at this period of Nigeria’s history and political development was for all, irrespective of party affiliation to close ranks and nip in the bud, the current security challenge.
Apparently reacting to the Secretary to the Borno State Government, SSG, Ambassador Baba Ahmed Jidda, who had described him as a pathological liar and insincere on his comments about the state Ministry of education, the West African Examinations Council, WAEC, and the Chibok issue, the PDP National Chairman noted that rather than respond to such issues, he was more concerned about the development of the country as well as how Nigeria can win the fight against terror in Nigeria.
Mu’azu who noted that what Nigerians needed at the moment was how to curtail the activities of members of the Boko Haram Sect.
In a statement by his Special Assistant, ICT, Akin Oyegoke, he said, “the attention of the office of the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Ahmadu Adamu Muazu, has been drawn to a press interview by the Secretary to the State Government of Borno State Ambassador Baba Ahmed.
“In an interview posted in one of the online portals, Sahara Reporters on Thursday 29th May 2014 in which Ambassador Baba Ahmed denied the letter of advice from the Federal Ministry of Education advising the Government of Borno State and other states in the region because of security situation not to conduct WAEC or NECO Examination outside of Maiduguri, the Borno State Capital is a clear acceptance of the lopsided approach by the Government in Borno State to fight insurgency in the area.
“The National Chairman of the PDP ordinarily will not like to join issues with any Nigerian especially not with Ambassador Baba Ahmed but as an elder statesman and a stakeholder in this administration, we wish to state again that for us to win the fight against terror in Nigeria, we must all close ranks irrespective of party affiliations and heed to all popular advice from any agency of government to curtail the activities of the Boko Haram Sect.
“We wish to state again that other states in the region which adhered to this advice from WAEC and the Federal Ministry of Education where able to conduct WAEC/NECO in their States capital peacefully.
“We owe our people the collective duty to protect and provide for them and we wish to once again advice the Government and stakeholders in Borno State and indeed all Nigerians to cooperate with government at all levels to stop this spate of violence.
“While we respect the office of the Secretary to the State Government and the person of Ambassador Baba Ahmed, a highly respectable Nigerian who has served the state and the country meritoriously, we wish again to advice Baba Ahmed to put his tenses together when addressing a public figure and the person and office of Ahmed Adamu Muazu, a former Governor of Bauchi State and, the Chairman of the largest Party in Black Africa.
“Adamu Muazu is definitely not a Pathological liar as referred to by Baba Ahmed, rather, he is a man highly revered by his people, a man of integrity, a refined politician and a gentleman.”
Mu’azu however called on the members of the Boko-Haram Sect to embrace the amnesty extended to them by the federal government, drop their arms and join hands with all Nigerians and President Goodluck Jonathan, to continue to build the Nigeria “of our dream as there is no alternative to democracy.”