The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has blamed the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) for the bomb blasts that rocked Abuja on Monday in which over 71 persons were killed and 124 injured.
In a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh, the PDP condemned as barbaric, monstrous and extremely wicked, the blasts which occurred at Nyanya, on the outskirts of the Federal Capital Territory.
The party said the blasts could not be justified under any guise, maintaining the they are politically motivated and can be traced to the utterances and comments of desperate persons who seek to undermine and discredit the present administration and make the nation ungovernable for President Goodluck Jonathan by instituting a reign of terror against the people.
The statement said: “We stand by our earlier statements that these attacks on our people are politically motivated by unpatriotic persons, especially those in the All Progressives Congress (APC) who have been making utterances and comments, promoting violence and blood-letting as a means of achieving political control. Nigerians are also aware of utterances by certain APC governors which have been aimed at undermining our security forces and emboldening insurgents against the people.
“Those who have been promoting violence through their utterances can now see the monster they have created. They can now see the end product of their comments; a country flowing daily with the blood of the innocent. The question is: how do they feel when they see the mangled and blood-soaked bodies of their victims? How do they feel when they hear the voices of the dying and the injured? Of course they feel nothing. Their hearts have been hardened and they are embittered by the fact that they have been rejected by the people. They are bitter because the people have chosen to rally round the government they love and voted for; but must they choose the path of violence and bloodletting as a response to the wishes and aspirations of the people?”
The ruling party said it was shocked and grief-stricken when it received the news of the gruesome attacks that led to killing of Nigerians pursuing their legitimate endeavors. “The PDP weeps. We are indeed grief-stricken. Our hearts go out to the bereaved, especially those who have been orphaned and widowed and those now deprived of their bread winners by this evil act. We share in their pain, their anguish and their loss and pray that those behind their grief must not escape justice”, the PDP added. The party urged well-meaning Nigerians to stand up and join President Jonathan in his efforts to check terrorism in the country. It also cautioned those allegedly fueling the attacks to retrace their steps, rid themselves of bitterness and desperation and seek forgiveness from God.