Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, says the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) deserves to be deregistered for utter failure both as ruling and opposition party.
The Minister said this at a press briefing in Lagos where he gave an update and clarifications on the released schoolgirls in Dapchi, Yobe state. He said the disgraceful and insensitive comments made the party over the abduction and release of the Dapchi girls, points to the fact that they have lost their relevance.
“What called for non-partisan celebrations was rather thoughtlessly turned into politics, bad, despicable politics that has no place in any democracy. At times of national tragedies, countries unite. This is the norm everywhere. Indeed, there should be a new criterion for withdrawing the registration of a party like the PDP which has failed both as a ruling and an opposition party! If a party cannot rule and cannot be in opposition, what else can it do?
“Perhaps we should ask the PDP what indeed the party knows about the abduction of the Dapchi girls, going its statement that their abduction and release were stage-managed. The party made itself a laughing stock within and outside Nigeria with that statement. Don’t they know that our international friends are involved in the process that led to the release of the girls?’’ he said
Speaking further, Lai Mohammed said the Federal government will not tolerate politicians trying to score political points with national tragedies.
“Government would not tolerate any attempt any person or group to trivialize or politicize security issues for politically motivated ends. Accordingly, security agencies would not hesitate to decisively deal with such unscrupulous characters. Those are very clear words that need no elaboration.” he said