The war of words between opposition party, Congress for Progressive Change, CPC, and the presidency, continued yesterday as the former lampooned an aide of President Goodluck Jonathan, Dr. Doyin Okupe, over his recent comment on Gen. Muhammadu Buhari’s position following the attack on the Emir of Kano, describing it as an affront on personal liberty.
The party also faulted Okupe’s response to Buhari, saying it was capable of heating up an already over-heated polity.
A statement by the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Rotimi Fashakin said the recent attack on the Emir of Kano, indicated that the current spate of insecurity in the land goes beyond religion and ethnicity.
According to him: “As a respected Nigerian once said, “the greatest threat to liberty is the absence of criticism”; we believe that the bullish tactics of Dr Okupe in excoriating every critic of this PDP-led regime is not only deleterious to a harmonious polity but also an affront on personal liberty.
“The pertinent questions are: does it not speak eloquently on the mind-set of the President that he encourages his aides to lambast a former Nigerian leader and respected statesman for volunteering his concern on the general insecurity in the Nation state?
“Is it not a matter of grave concern that when a respected monarch, with all the retinue of security staff, could be so gruesomely attacked on the street, what hope is there for the ordinary Nigerian in this dispensation,” Fashakin queried.
Continuing, the CPC scribe said, “as a responsible political party, we cannot be cowed by the indignity and loquacity of a crude presidential aide in failing to discharge our responsibility of nudging those that bear executive responsibility on the gaping need for security.’’