The All Progressives Congress (APC) on Thursday called for a probe into the failed suicide attempt on a former Head of State, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, saying there was more to it than meets the ordinary eyes.
There must be a “believable and credible enquiry”, it said.
APC National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun made the demand in a statement.
He said: “The APC condemns in strongest terms the abominable spate of bomb blast and almost obvious attempt to take the life of Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, (rtd). We understand that the unassuming, peaceful and humble General was on his way to his village, Daura, when a vehicle trailed him.
“We are grateful to God that Gen. Buhari’s life was spared. Three of his aides were, however, injured in the incident and have been discharged after treatment.
“We urgently appeal to his supporters nationwide to please remain calm in the face of what seems obvious provocation but strongly urge Mr. President to speedily set up a high-powered probe to unravel those behind the suspicious bomb blast.
“This incident must not be treated as one of the usual Boko Haram atrocities as there seems to be more to it than meets the eye.”
The party expressed “heartfelt condolences to those who lost their lives in the first bomb blast which claimed scores of lives in Kaduna”.
It said: “We join their families in praying to Almighty God for the repose of the souls of the dead and speedy recovery of the injured.
“We want to reiterate, once again, that because of the innocent lives being lost on daily basis, we committed our great part to full cooperation with the Jonathan administration in seeking solutions to the insurgency.
“But Jonathan is more intent on politicising the issue to the extent of hiring propagandists from as far away as Russia and United States”.
The APC, for the umpteenth time, urged President Goodluck Jonathan to take the protection of Nigerian lives more seriously and to prudently utilise the “huge” amounts budgeted for security to upgrade the country’s security infrastructure.
“In addition, his administration should fully cooperate with the international community in order to crush the Boko Haram insurgency”, the APC chairman stated.