The National Publicity Secretary of the party, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, also said it was an irony that the Federal Government that “deployed armed troops against unarmed citizens in Lagos could not checkmate those who are posing a real threat to national security, leaving them to run amok and mow down security agents and ordinary citizens, including a journalist who was shot in the line of duty.”
According to him, “When the government decided to engage in the use of brute force, as it wont do when confronted with situations that demand imaginative solutions, we warned that it would be counter-productive. When the government decided to impose a state of emergency in some states, we warned that, imperative as that might seem at the time, it would only push the sect to extend its attacks to areas not covered by the measure, hence the need to seek a lasting solution.
“Unfortunately, those warnings have proved to be prescient, and the government has continued to shy away from seeking a creative solution, which we believe is to start off by calling a national security summit to be attended by stakeholders, who will help proffer solutions to the crisis. We will also like to reiterate our call for some form of engagement, instead of relying solely on the use of brute force, which will not work.”
The party also warned that the longer the government delays in seeking a creative solution to the crisis, the more emboldened Boko Haram will become, and the more the likelihood that the crisis will push Nigeria to the precipice.
It condoled with the families of the victims.