by Lekan Olanrewaju
While some blame the ruling Peoples Democratic Party for the activities of the Boko Haram sect, and Buhari labels the present administration as the “the biggest Boko Haram“, the PDP Chairman Alhaji Bamanga Tukur has spoken out about the sect, stating that it is simply fighting for justice.
Speaking on Tuesday in Abuja where he received Gombe State Governor Ibrahim Dankwabo and his entourage at the party’s national secretariat, National Chairman of the PDP, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur stated that the activities of the sect are borne out of injustice, and there can be no peace until it is addressed.
“We can’t even travel again because of the insecurity in the region,” he said. “Boko Haram is fighting for justice. Boko Haram is another name for justice.”
“I can tell you, with harmony and peace, there will be security. When there is security, there will be development, because there will be investment. Invest in education, agriculture, among others. We should look after our young men and young women. They are hungry. People feel aggrieved. They are angry because they are hungry. But I tell you, unless we make sure we remove the hunger, we will not be able to rest.”
“We should remember that a child who says his mother would not sleep will also not sleep,” he warned.
He went on to link peace in the country to peace within the PDP saying: “I can assure you that reconciliation, reformation and rebuilding will bring about peace to the PDP and by extension, Nigeria.”
He also highlighted the fact he chose to host a reception where he was honoured by party members in his village, as opposed to Abuja as a sign of his commitment to spotlighting poverty.
“People would be wondering why I took the reception to my village in Jada,” he said. “And they would be asking why not a place like Abuja, where we have good roads and all that. I did so, so that people would know what is happening in rural areas. Those that were there must have seen the bad roads. We must help people who cannot help themselves.”
“That is why we are in government,” he continued. “You cannot do anything unless you are committed to it. We must build this party on equity and justice.”