Says the development may worsen the security situation. | By Grace Joe

The Presidency has decried the alleged attempt by some politicians to heat up the polity by seeking to reopen fresh controversy over the onshore/offshore abrogation law which was enacted by the National Assembly in 2004.

A press statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Reuben Abati, said: “The Presidency strongly advises such politicians to desist from playing up sectional and ethnic sentiments over a matter that was addressed eight years ago to the benefit of all parties concerned.

At a time when the government is working hard to resolve security challenges in parts of the country, the political elite across board is expected to cooperate with the federal and state governments to promote the cause of peace, stability and national transformation.

Those who are issuing threats and counter-threats over every issue are obviously not just reinventing a controversy, they seem determined to fuel acrimony and needless conflict. Government is working tirelessly to ensure the full enjoyment of fundamental rights by all Nigerians, in an atmosphere that is free of rancour and tension. No individual, political interest or group should attempt to violate this, either overtly or covertly.”

The statement added that while the federal government respects every individual?s right to the freedom of expression, it is equally duty bound to forestall any attempt to undermine the peace and security of the country.

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