The Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) through its national publicity secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has commended the progressive state governors, under the aegis of the All Progressive Congress (APC), who visited Borno State last week, saying their pace-setting, courageous and compassionate action is a boost to the country’s unity.
In a statement issued in Lagos on Sunday, the national publicity secretary of the party said that by their action, the governors had reassured the people of Borno and Yobe states, which were the most affected by the Boko Haram crisis, that their fellow Nigerians had not abandoned them to their fate.
The statement said the visit had also exposed the baseless fears of those at the helms of affairs at the centre, who had hitherto, failed to show that the Boko Haram crisis was not just a problem of a section of the country, but a national problem: “There can be no better assurance of solidarity and support for the beleaguered people of the states affected by the Boko Haram crisis than to see leaders from various parts of the country walking without donning bullet-proof vests and helmets on the open streets of a city that had been described as the epicentre of the Boko Haram insurgency.
It does not mean the crisis does not exist, but it sends a strong signal to the insurgents that they have only succeeded in cowing a very few, not all Nigerians and that, indeed, under a purposeful APC government, the conflict will in no time, become history,’’ ACN said. The party then said that to the Federal Government, in general and to President Goodluck Jonathan in particular, the message conveyed most succinctly by the visit was simple: “No part of Nigeria should be a no-go area, especially for the President and the Commander-in-Chief.’’