The ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) party has charged Nigerians to jettison parochial interests and join forces with government by exposing terrorist elements.
In a statement issued Friday by its National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh, the party noted that ordinary people have been the victims of insurgency in the country.
The PDP, therefore, urged Nigerians to realise that ordinary citizens have generally become targets of bomb attacks irrespective of religious and ethnic differences, and as such, must rise up in unity and partner government in the fight against terrorism.
The statement said: “Nigerians must realise that it is no longer about the President or the government. Neither is it about government officials. All Nigerians are under attack. Ordinary people and regular citizens have remained general targets of these enemies of our country.
“Hundreds of innocent Nigerians, Muslims and Christians alike, have had their lives brutally ended by the wicked acts of these terrorists.
“Our people, businessmen and women, professionals, including security men, doctors and nurses, lawyers, artisans, market women, civil servants, farmers, school children, clerics, artistes, old men and women and breadwinners pursuing legitimate endeavours, have been brutalised and slaughtered.
“Those behind these devilish acts seek mainly to intimidate, cow, frighten and destroy us, thereby imposing a regime of terror, anarchy and chaos. They seek to decimate us as a people, destroy our common heritage and bring our nation to its knees, but they will surely fail.
“They cannot intimidate us. We shall not be cowed. We refuse to be frightened and we will not be destroyed. Let them know that our common resolve to live as one people under God remains irrevocable”.
The ruling party also admonished Nigerians to unite as one people against insurgency, saying that they must come together and present a common front against terrorism, irrespective of differences in religious and political affiliations.
“We must refuse to be slaughtered by our enemies. We must show bravery, go beyond shedding tears at each carnage and forcefully support our government and our security men and women by exposing terrorist elements and their backers among us. That is the only way to put the enemy under check and ensure that the blood of the slain was not shed in vain”.
Reiterating its commitment to the Nigerian project and its firm belief in the Nigerian spirit, PDP urged citizens not to despair, adding that a brighter future awaits the nation in no distant time.
“As a party entrusted with the sacred mandate of leadership, the PDP will never compromise or jettison its belief and commitment to the national interest. We remain steadfast in our belief in Nigerians and the Nigerian project.
“We reiterate that working together, our nation will come out of these challenges a stronger, more united and more peaceful nation where all will live in peace and unity irrespective of ethnic, religious and political differences”, the statement said.