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2019: Group raises alarm over plans by Atiku, Shiite to disrepute peace ahead of tribunal rulings
The South- East Econonic and Social Rights Movement (SESRM) has raised the alarm of the alleged plot by Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the last election and members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, IMN, to disrupt peace ahead the tribunal ruling.
Recall that Atiku had approached the tribunal following the declaration of President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress, APC, as winner of the February 23 presidential election by INEC.
Addressing a press conference on Saturday in response to development in the polity and the need for the Federal Government to act swiftly on IMN and her political allies, SESRM said Atiku is hell bent on getting judgment through the backdoor.
Mazi Okechukwu Ude, Secretary General, who addressed the media on behalf of the group, said having failed in their two plans, Atiku and his allies have resorted to spreading the problem to the southeast and south-south to achieve a total breakdown of law and order.
He, therefore, called for various security agencies to be deployed to “our aid because the threat posed by this man is credible to the point that we live in fear in our home states as we speak.”
Full text of his speech below.
Those that have been following proceedings at the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal would have noted how things are not going as advertised for Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, who was the presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP. None of the earth shaking revelations he used to deceive our people to get our bloc support are anywhere to be seen, which has now made it clear that he scammed the Igbos into making enemy of the incumbent government of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Igbos for Nigeria Movement has been closely following these development in addition to reviewing Atiku’s utterances, both on the petition and contemporary national issues. What he have concluded from our observation is that recent events from the tribunal seems to have forced Atiku to give up and that he has now resorted to exploiting desperate attempts to destabilize the country.
What we have learnt is that there is a plot to activate the third phase of a “Plan C” that we have now found out involves flooding parts of the South-East and South-West with killers who will disguise as herdsmen and as armed protesters of the Shiites sect to torment the nation particularly these two geo-political zones. The objective is to create the impression that the current government is incapable of securing the lives of Nigerians, incite people to violence and shut the country down.
This plot was initially unbelievable to us until our contacts within and outside his camp validated them for us. We therefore use this press conference to raise the alarm that our people in the South-East are being set up for death by the same man they supported as a bloc. He wants to exterminate Igbos to make certain political points about how the country is not safe under the Buhari Presidency. It is the most bizarre and inhuman political strategy we have ever seen or heard of.
We are specially appealing to the federal government not to allow this calamity befall the Igbos before it wades in and do the needful. This is not the kind of scenario where the government should wait for the act to be committed before issuing condolence statement and vowing to punish perpetrators. The plan and the person behind it are already known now so we demand that the appropriate security agency should immediately arrest Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP now before he activates his “Plan C”. He should be prosecuted under the relevant law.
It must be noted that Atiku and his associates had successfully activated the Plan A and Plan B of his agenda, even though unsuccessfully. The implementation of these plans was responsible for the massive propaganda that was intended to destroy the military. The Plan B component has been behind the upsurge in the attacks and kidnaping in the northwest and northcentral. The pursuit of Plan C is to spread the problem to the southeast and south-south to achieve a total breakdown of law and order.
The federal government should not allow the Igbos to be victimized as being planned by Atiku. The various security agencies should be deployed to our aid because the threat posed by this man is credible to the point that we live in fear in our home states as we speak.