The All Progressives Congress (APC), has said that terrorism, kidnapping, banditry, armed robbery and other crimes must be condemned by all irrespective of where the person comes from because criminality has no tribe in the eyes of the law.
The APC in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Lanre Issa-Onilu, on Wednesday, said Nigerians must be reminded that many of the recorded genocides all over the world started through unchecked prejudices and systematic profiling of racial, political and cultural groups.
“We reject the notion of a Nigeria where any ethnic group is unwelcome in any part of the country. Every Nigerian must be free to live and work in safety anywhere in the country,” the APC said.
The ruling party urged Nigerians to be “wary of partisan individuals, many of whom formerly occupied elective positions but failed to tackle many of the criminalities we face today.
“We must be wary of these leaders who now play to the gallery to incite, spread hate and intolerance in the country. Their interventions are not patriotic but in pursuance of their political and selfish interests.
“The APC urges the President Muhammadu Buhari administration, the National Assembly, our religious, traditional, political leaders and indeed all well-meaning Nigerians not to be distracted by these unpatriotic antics.
“We may not agree on some issues in our national life, but we must continue to explore all peaceful and legitimate avenues to tackle our challenges and find amicable commonground to our disputation,” the statement read.
The APC expressed concerns over cases of violent crimes recorded in some parts of the country, particularly in the recent and unfortunate killing of Funke Olakunrin, daughter of Chief Rueben Fasoranti, Afenifere leader and also extended their condolences to the family of the late Funke Olakunrin on the sad and painful loss.
The party called on relevant security agencies to intensify ongoing effort to rid the country of crime, particularly the violent type.