Since after the controversial Presidential Election in Nigeria which held on February 25, there appears to be a sinister plot by the ruling party in the country, the All Progressives Congress, APC, to exacerbate the existing tension in the nation, which they created in the first place, and cause an anarchic situation.
The Presidential Election is widely believed to have been won by the presidential candidate of Labour Party, Mr Peter Obi, whose mandate was however believed to have been truncated by the electoral body, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, working in cahoots with the ruling party.
The result of that election had been greeted with what seemed like the silence of the grave yard across the country; an indication that Nigerians did not welcome it.
While two of the major candidates have since gone to court to challenge the declaration of the APC presidential candidate, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, by INEC, it has been the APC Government that has been raising all manner of alarms about plans by some opposition elements to truncate the nation’s democracy.
Just recently, they alleged that the presidential candidate of LP, Peter Obi, and his running mate, Datti Baba Ahmed, were calling for the installation of an interim national government, describing such calls as treasonable.
They also released what has been described as a private conversation between Obi and the Founder of Living Faith Mission, Bishop David Oyedepo, in which they accused Obi of describing the last elections as a religious battle between Muslims and Christians.
Before then the Directorate of State Security, DSS, had arrested an Igbo man in Lagos for allegedly threatening to invite the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, to Lagos to defend the Igbo living there.
Now, people have wondered why the ruling party is afraid of the installation of an interim government when they are the ones in control of the country’s armed forces and all other security apparatuses. They see the alarms by the ruling party as a ploy to have good reasons to haunt perceived opponents and keep them from talking.
When it is remembered that the same DSS had kept mum when some Yoruba elements in Lagos were threatening the lives and businesses of the Igbo for not supporting their candidates, it leaves much to be desired and gives credence to the suspicions that the APC Controlled Federal Government is up to some tricks.
We believe that a lot has happened within this period that really threatened the peace and unity of the country without the security agencies doing anything to douse them. We thus find the country in a situation where those who are beaten are told not to cry and on top of that, being threatened.
We believe that those who should be ensuring the peace and security of the country have been biased in their handling of matters in this period and this bias, we believe, is what is making some people to cry out.
This bias amounts to a breach of trust and to this end, we enjoin the Federal Government to intervene and ensure that all Nigerians are protected equally and given a fair sense of belonging.
This should be quickly done before more people lose faith in their country. What is happening now bodes danger for the unity of the country and all those seen to be fanning the embers of disunity should be apprehended; not just those perceived to be outside the ruling party. Failure to be fair to all and to treat the source of the rising suspicions may just push the country to anarchy and when it does, the Federal Government should only hold itself responsible.