The Nigerian Presidency on Wednesday mocked the main opposition, the Peoples Democratic Party for sharing what it called “crocodile tears” over the massacre that took place in Plateau State.
The earth was let loose on the 23rd of June after residents woke up to the horrific scene of corpses strewed on the street by suspected herdsmen who invaded 11 villages killing over 200 people, an attack that lingered for 7 hours without the intervention of security forces.
The PDP had expressed sadness over the horrific incident and declared 7 days of mourning for the victims.
Responding in a statement by the Special Adviser to the President, Femi Adesina, the Presidency compared the death recorded during the PDP administration to the killings in the current administration.
The Presidency in its excerpt said “These are dolorous times that call for deep introspection on how cheap human lives have become, and the proffering of actionable ideas on how to get out of the bind. But the PDP would rather dance on the graves of the dead, playing cheap, infantile politics.
The comatose and prostrate party is declaring seven days of mourning, during which flags in its offices would be flown at half mast nationwide. But unknown to the party, those flags had been forcefully lowered since its 2015 loss at the polls, and may remain so for a long time to come, because Nigerians are politically discerning, and cannot be hoodwinked by cheap antics.
A quick checklist of some savage and brutal killings in Nigeria during PDP rule, between 1999 and 2015, for which no national mourning was declared:
– November 20, 1999. Odi, in Bayelsa State, was invaded on orders of a PDP President. About 2,500 people killed. No national mourning.
– Between February and May, 2000, about 5,000 people were killed during riots over Sharia law in different parts of the North. No national mourning.
– In 2001, hundreds of people, including the old, infirm, women and children were killed in Zaki Biam. No crocodile tears.
– Between September 7-12, 2001, Jos, Plateau State, erupted in internecine killings. Between 500 and 1,000 people were killed. Flags were not flown at half mast.
– In February, 2004, at least 975 people were killed in Yelwa-Shendam, Plateau State. No mourning by the then ruling PDP.
– Between November 28 and 29, 2008, Jos was in flames again, with 381 deaths.
– In 2010, 992 people killed in Jos. Mum was the word.
– In 2014 alone, according to Global Terrorism Index, at least 1,229 people were killed in the Middle Belt. No mourning.
– Boko Haram killings in PDP years were over 10,000. PDP flags were still fluttering proudly in the sky.
The statement cautioned that the intention of the admonishment should not be misconstrued as an avenue to compare the death between two administrations but to remind the public that the killings had been happening even before the current administration.
The Presidency assured that President Muhammadu Buhari is working towards enduring solutions; and should be given the opportunity to do so.
It added Even a single soul is precious, and no man should take a life, which he cannot create. But when tragic situations as had happened in Plateau State occur, such should never be used to play crude politics. Those who are to do so should have a change of hearts or lose their very humanity.