The Oba of Benin, Omo N’Oba N’Edo, Uku Akpolokpolo, has warned politicians in Edo State to refrain from politics of bitterness. The monarch, who expressed worry over the rate of political thuggery and violence across the country by supporters of political parties, tasked political leaders to “Be mindful of the fact that only the living can play politics and not the dead.”
“As political leaders, you are supposed to show good examples for the younger generations to emulate, rather than recruit them as thugs,” the royal father advised in a statement by the Information Office of the Benin Traditional Council.
The Oba directed the Enogie, Chiefs, Igiohen and Edionwere in Benin Kingdom to pray for peaceful co-existence of Nigerians. Meanwhile, the All Progressives Congress, APC has condemned the attack on the Edo State legislative quarters and alleged police complicity in the act.
The party, in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, lamented that the attack reminded Nigerians of the level of impunity witnessed last in the dark days the of the military. The APC insisted that the incident had police backing because of the ease with which the thugs invaded the quarters.
It added, ‘’Governor Oshiomhole said the government got intelligence report on the attack and informed the state Police Commissioner. Instead of sending in reinforcement to prevent the attack, the few policemen attached to the quarters were withdrawn.”
APC described as a dangerous phenomenon, a situation whereby the police would appear to be partisan and carry out only actions that would favour the ruling party at the federal level, to the detriment of the other political interests.
The party alleged that the police were used to harass Governor Rotimi Amaechi, while they stood by while thugs beat up judges and sacked courts in Ekiti State. It also claimed that the PDP-led Federal Government had used the police and other security agents to prevent the re-opening of the Ekiti courts despite the order by the National Judicial Council, NJC.
It also lamented that the police offered protection to PDP lawmakers in Edo State at the expense of the majority, while the crisis in the assembly lasted. The statement reads in part, ‘’The IG takes orders only from the President. Therefore, where the President decides to turn the police to his personal militia for use in vindictive and vendetta attacks, the IG is not only required to comply; he is also expected to pass the same orders down the hierarchy.’’