A group known as League of Upcoming Political Parties has condemned the statement attributed to the Ahmed Makarfi faction of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on the process leading to the release of 82 Chibok school girls.
The Makarfi PDP had faulted the swap deal with the sect, saying it violates international best practices.
But Musa Ahmadu, national coordinator of the league, said Makarfi, who served as chief security officer of a state for eight years, should have known better than to try to “play politics with the lives of innocent ctitzens”.
“The comment of the PDP at a time when the whole world was congratulating the federal government for leading the initiative that saved the lives of 82 innocent young girls, brought joy to their homes and rekindled the hope of the citizenry that it is now blessed with an effective government which can go all length to secure the lives of its citizens, comes as the worst case of sour graping especially given the role the same PDP played in frustrating the release of the Chibok girls which further emboldened the terrorist to inflict more harm on the territorial integrity of the country,” the group said.
“The Makarfi faction seems to have forgotten that at the end of every strategy or engagement, it is the result that matters and that best practices are not statutes but strategies hence cannot be violated but replaced when the matter demands a different approach.
“We hope by the statement, Makarfi and his faction are not saying that no girl should be brought home until the entire 200 are found because that type of reasoning does not belong in the realm of rationality.
“The current release of the 82 girls needs to be stressed has not only restored hope in the whole of Chibok and Nigeria but globally , that not only are these girls alive and well but with the application of efficient strategies like the current administration of President Muhammadu Buhari has done, the remaining girls would be found and rescued.”
The league said the federal government should be commended for ensuring the release of the school girls and bringing happiness to their families as at the end