By Ebireri Kevwe, Abuja
The All Progressives Congress, APC, has called for an international inquiry into an assassination attempt on its leader, Muhammadu Buhari, saying it does not trust the Nigerian security agencies to carry out an impartial investigation.
On sunday, the national chairman of the party, John Odigie Oyegun, said in Benin, the Edo state capital that the call has become more urgent because “the agents of the Federal Government have started muddling the waters with their sickening statements and actions on the attack.”
Oyegun said it had become clear that the level of insurgency in the country is beyond the capabilities of the federal government.
The party said the alleged suspect arrested and paraded by security agents last Friday is no more than a mere trader and could not possibly be the ‘mastermind’ of the failed attack as he is being accused.
“How does one explain a situation in which a man who is nothing but a pervert is now being paraded as the suspected ‘mastermind’ of the attack on Gen. Buhari? At what point was this man, who perhaps is nothing but a transvestite plying his trade, arrested?,” the APC questioned.
It probed further, ”Could the person who drove the vehicle that was rammed into the General’s convoy have survived the explosion that was triggered by that action? Could the innocent passers-by who died in the blast not have been arrested and paraded as the ‘suspected masterminds’ if they had survived the blast?”
Oyegun said the arrest of the “innocent” suspect is only an attempt to cover up the truth as is usually the situation with such high-profile cases.
”This is why an urgent international inquiry into the attack is desirable and imperative, and anyone who is committed to an impartial probe of the attack on the opposition leader should embrace our call,” the APC stressed.
The party also said that statements and insinuations emanating from the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP and the presidency, saying it is only a victim of its orchestration, is baffling.
The APC expressed confidence that sooner than later, the masterminds of the failed assassination attempt on its leader will definitely be exposed.