The Borno Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Alhaji Ali Bukar Dalori has lambasted the State PDP for attacking Gov. Babagana Zulum led APC administration for empowerment of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) with livelihood support.
Dalori who spoke to journalists in Shani, described as unfortunate the attack by the PDP because the Governor decided to distribute N500 million to IDPs in Bakassi Camp to enable them move to their respective LGAs.
Recalled that the Borno chapter of PDP through a press statement signed by its Publicity Secretary, Mr Amos Adziba recently described as ‘cheap politics’ the claim by the APC- led administration in the state over the sharing of N500 million to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), which he insisted was a questionable expenditure.
The opposition party also called for the probe of the expenditure to see if the amount claimed was really spent.
But Dalori said, it’s sad that while the people of Borno and Nigeria in general including the IDPs were happy over the gradual return of peace in Borno with massive resettlement and stabilization programmes, the PDP that has remained silent over the plight of the IDPs for years, would now come out to criticise proactive actions taken to empower traumatized IDPs.
Dalori said that APC in the state has never taken PDP which looked completely death as worthy of response by he decided to react to PDP because of its desperate attempt to play politics with security matter.
Dalori said it is embarrassing and illogical for PDP to think of nothing rather than playing politics with the issue of security and plight of IDPs in the state.
“While diverse people across Nigeria irrespective of party affiliation, state, faith, including international organisations are hailing and supporting the measures taken by the state APC led administration in tackling insecurity and the welfare of IDPs, it is disheartening that our brothers in PDP has opted unparalleled by choosing to politicize security matter.
“I want to urge them to show patriotism as citizens of Borno where we choose to work collectively for peace and progress by supporting the process and bringing their contribution to support the IDPs as other stakeholders, home and abroad are doing.
“I don’t see anything wrong in empowering vulnerable persons, particularly thousands of IDPs that were given N100,000 per head of family and N50,000 for the women each, alongside food items and other incentives.” Dalori said.
He urged the people of Borno and other stakeholders, including the opposition members of the PDP to support the present administration towards its positive transformation, and inline with the Zulum’s 10- points agenda and 25 year transformation plan for more dividends of democracy to the good people of the state.