Phrank Shaibu, an aide to the Presidential aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, says the instigating comments made by some governors of the All Progressives Congress (APC) are kindling violence across the country.
About 10 APC states have sued the federal government at the Supreme Courts over the ongoing cash insufficiency that has become a problem across the country because of the new naira policy of the Central Bank of Nigeria.
The states are Kaduna, Kogi, Zamfara, Lagos, Katsina, Cross River, Ogun, Ekiti, Ondo, and Sokoto.
Two APC governors – Nasir El- Rufai of Kaduna state and Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State –have rejected the federal government policy, urging banks in their separate states to accept the old naira notes or face sanctions.
In a statement on Monday, Mr Shaibu who’s the Special Assistant on Public Communications to Mr Atiku, said that some APC governors ’ instigating comments in which they threatened to close banks if they refused to accept the old notes has inspired rioters to burn down commercial banks.
He said “The president made it clear that the old N1,000 and N500 notes are no longer legal tender. Those who are displeased with the president’s proclamation should go to court rather than resort to self-help. two wrongs don’t make a right.
Mr Shaibu also supported the claims of the governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki, accusing the APC chieftain, Adams Oshiomhole, of financing the riots in Benin, the state capital.
Oshiomhole is one of the biggest critics of the naira redesign policy. It isn’t surprising that Governor Obaseki, who’s the chief security officer of the state, has established that Oshiomhole is behind the riots. The APC really needs to stop provoking these riots, ”he said.
Mr Shaibu also called on the Nigeria Police Force, the Secret State Services, and other security agencies to insinuate the ranks of those staging riots with a view to identifying their sponsors.
With elections less than five days away, the ultimate objective of the sponsors of these riots may be the postponement of elections. We commend the military and the police so far for curbing some of these riots.