kidnapping, banditry are not federal offences – FG


The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, states it is shocking that the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) that ruled Nigeria for 16 years does not understand that kidnapping and banditry are not federal offences.

The minister stated this at a media conference in Abuja yesterday while debunking the allegation by the PDP that kidnappers and bandits weren’t being brought to justice.

The PDP had, in a press conference in Abuja on Sunday, offered suggestions to the Federal Government on some topical issues, especially national security.

The minister requested the PDP to call out the states, such as those being commanded by it, to make sure a strict prosecution of arrested kidnappers and bandits.

He said the PDP conveniently forgot that as far as terrorism, a federal offence, is worried, the Federal Government had successfully prosecuted thousands of Boko Haram members in Kainji within a workout.

“We’re now looking for the alliance of the judiciary to continue with the trial of arrested terrorists,” he added.

The minister said though the opposition party said that it was dropping the toga of politics in the national interest, it did not respect its own words as it played cheap politics while enjoying the ostrich.

He said the recommendations by the PDP had exposed the party’s gimmickry and also that it was merely playing politics with severe national issues, especially security.

“Had it not been, and had it completed its homework properly, the PDP would have understood that most of the same recommendations were already contained in the outcome of the Federal Government’s Town Hall Meeting on National Security that was held at Kaduna on April 8, 2021,” he explained.

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The minister flayed the PDP for accusing the Federal Government of conducting a government of exclusion, saying the party was more interested” in playing politics with national difficulties than simply helping to find solutions to them. They introduced as original thinking some of the very same resolutions that we are already working to implement, without a single reference to those very same recommendations that emanated from our Town Hall Meeting of April 8th 2021.

“They disparaged Mr. President and the Federal Government, participated in name-calling and finger-pointing, gloated about the security challenges facing the country, lied about how they solved security challenges under their view and then went forward to say their hysterical press conference, that they’ve not come to play politics. Who’s fooling who?

“We acknowledge the challenges we face as a nation and we are doing everything possible to handle them. We call on all Nigerians to support the efforts of the Federal Government to handle the challenges. We advise those bent on playing politics with all the challenges to have a rethink. This is no time for politics”



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