Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu explained Friday that contrary to wrong reports in two national dailies, he never said that President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration has worsened Boko Haram insurgency in the country.
Ekweremadu warned that challenges like terrorism and insurgency, which have wasted lives and property of innocent Nigerians and many of our loved ones are beyond politics and should therefore not be trivalised on the altar of narrow political interests.
In fact, in reaction, the All Progressives Congress (APC) has said what Ekweremadu misinterpreted as the worsening cases of Boko Haram attacks under the current Administration are actually the desperate pangs of a dying insurgency monster.
Alhaji Lai Mohammed, APC’s National Publicity Secretary, said the truth of the matter is that Boko Haram, having been uprooted from its hideouts and put on the run, has become very desperate, hence it is now using its last arsenal to inflict as much damage as it can before it is annihilated, which is just a matter of time.
‘’Lone wolf suicide bombings and the choice of soft targets by retreating gunmen are now the order of the day, as against the terrorists’ previous coordinated actions of seizing and holding territories,’’ APC said.
Mr Uche Anichukwu, Special Adviser, Media, to Ekweremadu in a statement titled, “The Challenge of Insurgency is beyond Partisanship,” said, “The attention of the Office of Deputy President of the Senate has been drawn to the attempt to misrepresent and sensationalise an innocuous call by Senator Ike Ekweremadu on Nigerians to pray for and rally round the Federal Government to win the war against insurgency.
“Specifically, the Deputy President of the Senate was reported by two national dailies as saying that President Muhammadu Buhari Administration has worsened insurgency.
“Whereas Senator Ekweremadu expressed concern over the resurgence of Boko Haram attacks in parts of the country, at no time did he try to blame it on the present administration. It is instead on record that he not only commended the efforts of the present administration, especially in building international support and synergy to tackle the monstrous group, but he also called for greater inter-party, intergovernmental and international collaboration to address the problem.
“It is instructive that his patriotic comments were well-captured by many electronic and print media. They include: “Boko Haram: Ekweremadu Seeks Support for Buhari” (Leadership, Friday, July 10, 2015) and “Boko Haram: US Pledges Deepened Support for Nigeria… Ekweremadu rallies Support for Buhari” (New Telegraph, Friday, July 10, 2015).
“The fact that out of the 75-man Senate Press Corps, representing various media houses which were present at the function, only one medium sensationally skewed its statement out of context, while a second medium copied the same story without a byline (name of reporter), tells the whole story of a devious intent.”