Dr Bamanga Tukur
Dr Bamanga Tukur
Chairman of Nigeria's ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) - Dr. Bamanga Tukur has indicated that Nigeria is under attack and challenged Nigerians to rise up and fight the evil that has sworn to destroy the country.
Speaking in London at a Press Conference unveiling BEN TV's forthcoming international event - Nigeria Arise Awards; Tukur said Boko Haram is a wind of evil that will not blow anybody in Nigeria any good. He said the attacks being carried out by Boko Haram are beyond religious, political or economic sentiments but purely an evil act unleashed on Nigeria.
He said President Goodluck Jonathan is committed to the safety and security of every Nigerian but he cannot be everywhere at every-time, hence, it is the responsibility of every Nigerian to support the government's drive and expose the evil that has been unleashed on the country.
Speaking on the crisis within his political party, Tukur stated that he has no problems with any PDP governor in Nigeria emphasising that each governor is entitled to just one vote as any Nigerian, and no one should be allowed to hold Nigeria to ransom for any personal gains. He said his recent reconciliation trips around the country have produced results. "Nigerians in Port Harcourt, Bauchi, Owerri, the South West States and other places we went, came out en-masse to welcome us and support our moves. I am happy if the people we are serving are with us, that is my objective, to return the party, PDP, to the owners, the Nigerian people, and take it out of the hands of a few who have held sway for a long time."
Reacting to the accusation that the PDP was behind the duplication of the APC acronym saga, Tukur said PDP had nothing to do with APC or any other party seeking registration or merger. The PDP chairman said he could only be worried if the people behind the merger are people unknown to Nigerians and are coming with something new that his party cannot or has not offered.
Speaking about the Nigeria Arise Awards, the founder - Dr. Alistair Soyode noted that this year’s event will hold in Abuja on May 3. Dr. Tukur has been chairing the Nigeria Arise programmes since 2008. The Awards is "a BEN TV UK project recognising individuals and institutions for their commitment and services to Nigeria and the people."