The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has stated that it will remain undeterred, alongside other patriotic Nigerians, in its commitment towards the sustenance and stability of Nigeria’s democracy.
The party in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan, said it was also committed to the unity and corporate existence of Nigeria.
Ologbondiyan stated this while reacting to the allegation; that some Nigerians were plotting a forceful and undemocratic change of leadership.
He described the allegation as an attempt to heighten political tension ahead of 2023.
In a separate statement, Ologbondiyan decried what it called an attempt to frustrate the well-intentioned strategies from the PDP; to check the tide of terrorism and banditry in the country.
“Our party rejects the move to frustrate the establishment of a National Borders Protection Force; as suggested by the PDP to check further infiltration by terrorist elements and inflow of illegal arms into our country,” he said.
He said that the establishment of a pro-active and operational Borders Protection Force that would ensure water-tight security at our borders; should be preferred to the setting up of a bureaucratic National Center for Control of Small Arms.
“Our party asserts that by its outlook and operation, such center cannot check the infiltration of terrorists; as well as the flow of firearms into our country,” he said.
Ologbondiyan urged President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately establish the Borders Protection Force; which would draw personnel and equipment from the military and other armed services.
This, according to him, would help to man Nigeria borders; and check activities by terrorists and their backers.
Meanwhile, the Federal Government has extended the ongoing National Identification Number (NIN) and Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) integration exercise till June 30, according to Pantami.
This extension was contained in a mandate issued by Isa Pantami, the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy via a statement jointly signed by Ikechukwu Adinde, director of public affairs at the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), and Kayode Adegoke, head of corporate communications at the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC).
Pantami explained that the extension was due to the request by stakeholders; in order to make it easier for all citizens and legal residents to register.
This extension is coming two days before the May 6 deadline earlier announced by the Federal Government.
The Federal Government said 54 million Nigerians with an estimated 190 million mobile numbers have obtained their NIN.