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CNPP Blasts Dasuki Over Call For Postponement Of February Polls

FROM IGNATIUS OKPARA, Enugu – The Conference of Nigerian Political Parties (CNPP ) has lambasted the National Security Adviser NSA, Colonel Sambo Dasuki,for recently calling for the postponement of the February general elections.

The NSA, had on Thursday in London think-tank, Chatham House, called for the postponement of the 2015 scheduled election.

CNPP in a press statement signed by its national publicity secretary, Mr. Osita Okechukwu made available to African Examiner on Friday in Enugu said: “We are outraged because the reason he adduced is puerile, bare face lie and a dummy meant to deceive the international community.

The body further said the reasons by the NSA, portray Nigeria in bad light and scuttle regime change.

It therefore, challenged Dasuki to tell the world where the 30 million Permanent Voters Cards (PVC) he bandied is located; “for without holding brief for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), it is common knowledge that over 60% PVCs have been collected nationwide, by anxious Nigerians who earnestly yearn for regime change.

The statement reads: “CNPP is worried that the NSA has joined some anti-democrats and less than patriotic groups like the Pastor Ayo Oristejafor brand of Christian Association of Nigeria, the Ijaw Youth Council, Federation of Middle People, and Ohaneze Youth Council to plant land mines to scuttle our fledgling democracy”.

“Dasuki’s statement clearly exposed his gross incompetence on his primary mandate to secure the country; hence the Boko Haram insurgents escalated since his appointment on 22nd June, 2012.

“The NSA should tell the world what happened to the billions budgeted for defence in the past three years under his watch, since he has turned the Office of National Security Adviser (ONSA) into procurement agency of the Ministry of Defence.

“Our understanding is that elongation of President Goodluck Jonathan’s tenure, automatically elongates that of Dasuki’s less than successful tenure.

“A man who deliberately abandoned the late General Andrew Azazi’s concept, his predecessor that Boko Haram insurgents are located in the forest and should be fought with Isreali satellite Images, Drones and modern equipment.

“Had Dasuki adopted the Azazi concept it could have been very easy to use satellite images to recapture the Chibok girls few days after their unfortunate abduction.

“Is it not a paradox that an NSA who procures equipment via the black market is condemning those who insist that the Nigeria Armed Forces is under equipped and under funded?

“Is it not corruption under Dasuki’s watch, one of the reasons that made the Americans to stop supplying vital military equipment to Nigeria?

“In sum, we call on Dasuki to apologise to Nigerians for his anti-democratic tenure elongation canvas and for calling our soldiers he under equipped cowards.


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