The All Progressives Congress (APC) says only the guilty needs to be afraid ahead of the swearing in of President-elect Muhammadu Buhari. The party says that incoming Buhari Administration will not persecute anyone, contrary to statements credited to President Goodluck Jonathan.
“That the President-elect is a man of integrity is not an issue for debate, and he has made it clear that he will not be bogged down by endless probes,” National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, noted in a statement.
“However, the hands of the incoming government will not be tied by those who have chosen to play the victim and exhibit a persecution mentality. Whoever has any reason to be afraid must lay bare such reason before Nigerians,” the party said.
Muhammed said only those that are guilty needs to be afraid. But having a guilty conscience, on account of their actions in the public sphere will not be APC’s doing, it would be so that they clear the conscience and be at peace with themselves.
“The last time we checked, this does not fit the definition of persecution,” APC said.
The APC also wondered why President Jonathan raised his fear of persecution in public when he could have discussed it privately with Buhari during one of their meetings.
“Since the presidential election was won and lost, the President and the President-elect have met privately a number of times. Why didn’t President Jonathan express his apprehensions during these meetings?
“Even if the two have not met, the President could have reached out to the President-elect over any fears that he may be nursing, instead of engaging in an action that seems like he was being preemptive and seeking to curry public sympathy,” it said
APC insisted that the priority of the incoming government will be the welfare and security of the people of Nigeria who have for long suffered due to years of misrule.