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We are Ready to Rescue Nigeria From “Clueless Leaders,” Says APC.


Ayo Balogun, Lagos

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has assured Nigerians that the party is ready, willing and determined to make all the necessary sacrifices to reverse the prevailing gloomy situation in the country and bring about the much-needed change for the better in the interest of the long-suffering citizens.

APC Interim Spokesperson, Lai Mohammed

APC Interim Spokesperson, Lai Mohammed

In a New Year message issued in Lagos by its Interim National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said Nigerians should go into the New Year with an unyielding commitment to be part of ongoing efforts to set the country on the path of growth and development, rather than get into a state of funk on the basis of the cumulative mis-governance of the past 14 years by the PDP-led Federal Government.

”While wishing all Nigerians a great 2014, we hereby solicit their unalloyed support for our efforts to reshape the country’s political landscape, shake off the heavy yoke imposed on them by their selfish, self-serving and clueless leaders and make the country a source of pride not only to its citizens but to all black people in the world,” it said.

APC said the first step in what will be a tough but final battle to rescue Nigeria from the clutches of rapacious leaders will be to bring the citizenry on board the train of change that is barrelling through the country, and to ensure that elections in the country are free, fair and credible.

”As we wrote in the preamble to our manifesto, ‘democracy, to be stable and meaningful, must be anchored on the principle that government derives its powers from the consent of the governed….This means that governments are instituted on the basis of free, fair and credible elections, and are maintained through responsiveness to public opinion.

”’In addition, the exercise of political authority is rooted in the rule of law. APC believes in the doctrine of social contract between the leaders and the led; which means that the public office holder is a trustee of the people and that power must be used in the interest of the people rather than in the interest of the public office holder’,” the party said.

It said in order to ensure that as many Nigerians as possible are brought aboard the APC train of change, the party would kick-start its membership registration drive early in the year, targeting in particular the youth who are indispensable in any effort to bring about change.

”We ask all those who are yearning for genuine change to seize the moment and embrace the engine of change, which the APC represents! Our compatriots who have lost faith in our dear country because of inefficient and corrupt leadership can count on us, because we represent committed, transparent and focused leadership,” APC said.

The party pledged to halt the country’s drift towards a failed state with a conscious plan for a post-oil economy in Nigeria, details of which would be outlined in the weeks and months ahead; and to make the welfare and security of the citizenry, which is the raison d’etre of any government, its top priority.

APC said that in order to extricate Nigeria  from the dire straits in which it has been plunged by the successive PDP governments, the party has decided to make as its priority the War Against Corruption; Food security; Accelerated Power Supply; Integrated Transport Network; Free Education; Devolution of Power; Accelerated Economic Growth and Affordable Health Care.

”We know skeptics will sneer at these and deride them as mere sloganeering. After all, Nigerians have been taken for a ride for the past 14 years by those who have mistaken transmogrification for transformation, and those who have relentless pursued power for the sake of power, rather than to use it to harness the country’s abundant human resources.

”But most things look impossible until they have been achieved, and the impressive record of performance in the states under our control, from Kano to Imo states and from Lagos to Edo, testifies to our ability, determination and willingness to make things happen for the benefit of our people,” the party said.

Source: African Examiner.

APC to assume House leadership soon.


 

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There are strong indications that the All Progressives Congress, APC, may, on resumption from recess of the House of Representatives on January 13, 2014, assume the leadership of the House from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
This, however, may not affect the offices of the speaker and deputy speaker respectively.

The impending development which Vanguard scooped yesterday, is followed by the defection of 37 members of the PDP to APC late last month.
Speculations had been rife since December 2013, shortly before the House went on Christmas break, that the change would have occurred.

 

A member of the House and PDP decampee who spoke to Vanguard on conditions of anonymity, said the first quarter of the new year would herald changes that would affect the leadership structure of the House.

He said: “Within the House, 2014 will be a remarkable year for Nigeria, remarkable in the sense that, of course, the trend which began in late 2013 in terms of power shift will continue and what that means is that APC should be able to get the requisite 181 members which gives it complete majority. When that happens chances are that the leadership will shift from PDP to APC.

“APC has between 172 to 174 members in the House. And what we just need, I think is between 8 and 9 new members in terms of those crossing from PDP to APC. And that will be the APC requisite that will shape the House and points the future direction of the House.

“But what is certain is that if everything does not change, the leadership, the majority leader will need to relinquish that position because at the end of the day, a party cannot be in the minority and still hold the position of the Majority Leader.”

Source: Radio Biafra.

All hope is not lost, Bola Tinubu tells Nigerians.


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National leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Asiwaju Bola Tinubu has urged Nigerians not to lose hope in the country’s future.

He said the progressives are poised to transform it into a fertile land of prosperity, when they take over power in 2015.

In his New Year message, the former Lagos State governor said Nigeria is destined to be better than it is today.

Tinubu said: “If put in the hands of enlightened progressive leaders, this nation can become a fertile land of prosperity, lawfullness, peace and dignity for us all.

“This is why we formed the APC, a vehicle to generate and accelerate the process of change towards the most beneficial end for

the greatest number of our people.

“We may not be perfect, but we are dedicated to the wellbeing of something far greater and more important than ourselves.

“Beginning this New Year, the APC will show the people the vast difference between it and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). We shall demonstrate our commitment to democracy by exercising internal democracy and transparency in our party deliberations.

“We shall communicate with the people at the grassroots as well as at the national level. You will see and hear from APC members and leaders at the local, state and national levels.

“We will highlight the ideological and substantive policy differences between the progressive us and the elitist them. Where the PDP has imposed trickle-down economics reminiscent of 1980’s Reagan –Thatcher-IMF road show, we seek an economy of genuine and broadly-shared growth, where the labouring wage earner and small business person benefit proportionally to the powerful financier and big corporate power

“2014 will be the year of an even greater change foretold, for it shall set the stage for year after. May, 2015, will be the fateful year when we affirm into governance the change Nigeria needs.”

Source: Radio Biafra.

Almost 500 PDP Chieftains In Sambo’s LGA Decamps To APC.


 

By SaharaReporters, New York

In a move to further confirm his political irrelevance in the North, about 500 chieftains of ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Vice President Namadi Sambo’s home base local government in Kaduna State will on Wednesday morning finally decamp to All Progressive Congress (APC).

A competent source in the Presidency confirmed to SaharaReporters, that Sambo who hailed from Kaduna North local government have been going through hard political moment recently, and was tip of the move on arriving Kaduna this evening.

A pro-President Goodluck Jonathan organization, Youth for Change Initiative had on Sunday appealed his ousted as Jonathan’s running mate in 2015 election due to what they described as ‘weaknesses and failed Vice President’ from the North who has failed to form a political base.

The source said, “We got tips and it is true, about 500 chieftains of our party in Sambo’s own local government, Kaduna North local government area of Kaduna State will join APC, it is unfortunate that his relevance keeps diminishing astronomically.”

The source added that in the same local government, all elected representatives are members of APC, he explained, “The LGA chairman is APC, all members in the State and National Assemblies are APC. The Senator too, and it is a bad omen for a sitting Vice President to be left in such a political cold.”

It would be recall that Sambo lost all elections in his own polling unit situated at Camp Road, Kaduna during 2011 elections that later turned out to be bloody.

As at the time of publishing this report, Sambo’s office is yet to respond to the development. But another source in Kaduna said he will be in the town for four days, following crucial issues related to PDP abysmal failure and crisis emanating from an open letter addressed to him by his associate, one Engr. Umar Gana who exposed his political weaknesses in the state and North-West Zone.

Defection Of PDP Members: An Old Wine In A New Wine Skin By Frank O. Ijege.


Since the return to democracy in 1999, a single party has dominated the political scene and has remained relevant till date. One must state here that the PDP, like other parties at that time, was not established with any clear cut ideology. They were merely created as a platform to transform Nigeria from military to civilian rule. Thus, these political parties were hurriedly put together, because of the peculiar circumstances at that time. This lack of ideological structures, has seen parties like the Alliance for Democracy (AD), All People Party (APP), disappear into thin air. Although some of them metamorphosed into other parties through change names, their existence was short lived because the ideological frame work required to form a party remains lacking.

In fairness to Nigerians, one cannot accuse them of being ignorant of the fact that these parties were ideologically depraved. The parties came at a time when the Military held sway and Nigerians were more than willing to accept anything, to save themselves from the pain and agony of Military rule. So, the people were left with no choice than to accept things as they were. If Nigerians think a change from Military to civilian rule will mean a change in their standard of living and circumstances generally, they were gravely mistaken. We elected a President who did not give a hoot about the people’s welfare and his tenure was characterized by subversion of the constitution, widespread corruption, abuse of office, clamp down of perceived political opponents and enemies. In fact Nigerians witnessed massive political killings, that remain a mystery as our security outfits are yet to unravel or arrest the killers. To make things worse, he sought to perpetuate himself in power, when this failed, he imposed a sick president on us. His party, the Peoples Democratic Party, gave him the nudge to go ahead.

In the midst of all these, the opposition parties merely looked on. Well the truth is, the opposition parties didn’t just look on, they were powerless! Most of these parties simply existed because of what they were getting as grants from INEC. Another reason is because most opposition parties were an extension of the PDP, that is why a man like Chief Don Etiebet, a strong member of the PDP, will be the National Chairman of All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP). Immediately after his tenure as ANPP Chairman, what did he do? He returned to base!  There was also the problem of proliferation of opposition political parties, which made it difficult for them to pose a serious challenge to the PDP, a party which has become an albatross, and is leading Nigeria into the Lagoon.

This situation made well meaning Nigerians including yours sincerely, to call for a two party system, and an opportunity for Independent Candidacy. The reason for this call is not far fetched, we need a robust opposition party that can stand up to the PDP. We believe that the PDP cannot withstand a party that is ideologically driven and grass roots oriented. We do not seek a party that would merely wrestle political power from the PDP. No, we want a party that is rooted on ideology and is pro people. Unfortunately the door for an independent candidate was shut during the last amendment of the 1999 constitution, and the quest for an ideologically driven opposition party, remains a mirage.

We are indeed not comfortable when people say that the All Progressive Congress (APC), is that party we seek. The APC is a political party made up of people whose primary objective is to wrestle power from the PDP, and not about delivering good governance to the people. It manifests a clear disconnect between the party and the people. What the people want is not just another party, but a party that will uphold the tenets of democracy where the people will enjoy the dividends of democracy. A party can only achieve this if it is founded on clear cut ideology. Sadly, this is grossly lacking in the APC. The leaders of the APC as it stands, are those who have had an opportunity of leading before, and their performance remains poor, just like the PDP leaders. And in States where the APC holds sway, the people have not fared any better.

The APC in its quest to wrestle power from the PDP, has been romancing with all kinds of people, including those who have brought Nigeria to its knees. This is why I am amused when people openly celebrate the defection of certain individuals to the APC. One is inclined to ask, are these not the people who destroyed Nigeria under the PDP? How can someone we all tagged a criminal under the PDP become a saint under the APC? Is this what the APC is created for, to celebrate criminals and wear them the garb of sainthood?  I laughed when Asiwaju Bola Tinubu praised the 37 members of the House of Representatives and the G5 governors, who defected from the PDP to the APC, as patriotic. Is that the level patriotism has degenerated to? I know the APC will roll out its drums to celebrate the ‘triumphant’ entry of men like Alamasiegha and James Ibori, and Tinubu will be there to wear them the cloak of saints and sing their praise to high heavens. I won’t be surprised therefore, if the APC is already planning to visit a Prison in London.

The defection of these people to the APC therefore is just like an old wine in a new wine skin. Nothing has changed and nothing will change. They will not stop stealing and embezzling our resources, they will not build good roads, nor good schools nor hospitals. They will not stop sending their children to schools abroad. The only thing that will change is that they will share our resources with a different political party. Nigerians must be alive with their the responsibility and must not repeat the mistakes of 1999. If we voted for a party because we wanted a change to civilian rule, we must not vote a party because we want to merely change the party in power. We must elect a leader in the true sense of the word, no matter where he comes from or who he is, not minding his party. The APC should also know that the people are no longer gullible. What we need is not a change of party, but an installation of democratic tenets, where the will of the people reigns supreme. If it is not ready to provide this, then let it dissolve itself and become relegated to the zone of pretenders and not contenders. God bless Nigeria.

Frank O. Ijege
frankijege@yahoo.com
@foijege on twitter

 

The views expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect the editorial policy of SaharaReporters

I have no plans to defect to APC – Deputy speaker, Ihedioha.


IGNATIUS OKPARA, Enugu

Contrary to speculations that Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Emeka Ihedioha, is making plans to dump the Peoples Democratic, Party PDP, for All Progress Change APC, the lawmaker, Wednesday dismissed the rumour, saying nothing will make him quit the ruling party.

Nigeria's Deputy Speaker, Emeka Ihedioha

Nigeria’s Deputy Speaker, Emeka Ihedioha

Ihedioha, stated this during his constituency briefing in his country home, Mbutu, Aboh Mbaise local government area of Imo State.

He said “It is impossible for me to abandon the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, for any other political party. I am a foundation member of the PDP and worked very hard to build it”, he stated.

He expressed regrets that some detractors had continued to spread the rumour of his alleged plan to defect to the opposition camp, calling on Imo people to avoid activities and statements that could heat up the polity.

The legislator told the people that he had passionate desire to alleviate the sufferings of the masses, as well as develop his constituency and Imo State at large.

His words: “Apart from initiating and completing roads, electricity and water projects in Mbaise and Ngor Okpala federal constituency, I have provided jobs for 196 youths, with varying certificates from National Diploma to doctorate degrees

Our Correspondent reports that there are rumours making the rounds in the state, that the Deputy Speaker, though unpopular, may likely join the gubernatorial race in 2015.

Source: African Examiner.

Kick him when he is down, Jonathan’s exchange with Obasanjo is indecent- APC.


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There seems to be no end to the controversy sparked by the exchange of letters between President Goodluck Jonathan and former President Olusegun Obasanjo.The opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) joined the row again yesterday, saying Dr. Jonathan’s response to Obasanjo’s letter is indecent and has diminished the Presidency.The party said the president would have merely explained its position on the issues raised in Obasanjo’s letter rather than a resort to tantrum throwing.Also yesterday, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said it could not intervene in the matter because it is not a party affair.Obasanjo wrote an 18-page letter titled “Before it is too late” and dated December 2 to the President, accusing him of some failings.He also alleged that snipers were being trained and 1,000 Nigerians had been placed on a watch list ahead of the 2015 election.Obasanjo said Jonathan told the PDP prior to his nomination to run in 2011 that he would do only one term. He said his 2015 ambition would be “fatally wrong”.The President denied Obasanjo’s claims. He also challenged him to prove them.The President has referred Obasanjo’s letter to the National Human Rights Commission to probe some aspects of it. The letter is also believed to have been referred to security agencies.Dr. Jonathan, in church on Christmas Day, also challenged Obasanjo to be statesmanly, adding: “Nigeria does not belong to any politician or a group of politicians… For us at this time, especially we politicians, that we think we own this country to think about next election, and doing what we ought not to do, making statements we ought not to make, writing letter we are not supposed to write.”In a statement yesterday, APC National Publicity Secretary Alhaji Lai Mohammed said: “Dr. Jonathan’s decision to engage former President Obasanjo in a hot exchange of words in what may now be described as ‘lettergate’ is the latest in a series of scandals to hit the Jonathan Presidency.”The party said while it was not interested in joining the fray over the issues contained in the letters written by both

men, the decision by the President to go personal in his reaction crossed the threshold of decency and brought the Presidency – and indeed the country – into disrepute.”The APC said in other climes, the President would have simply issued a terse response to such a letter, denying the allegations that border on national security, if any; as well as saying the former President’s observations have been noted, and that the government would study them and then engage with the former President in private while assuring that the ship of state is on course.‘’Instead, the President’s response read like the stuff of gossip magazines, and the exchange of words felt like what one would have expected in a beer parlour. At the end of the day, the Presidency allowed Obasanjo to take the higher moral ground by simply insisting on the allegations he made in his letter and saying he would not respond to the Presidency’s reply.‘’The President, who accused Obasanjo of doing him a great injustice, has himself done a great injustice to the Presidency, which is an institution in which he is only a tenant. In the end, the President of Africa’s most populous nation, the leader of the foremost black nation on earth and the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria simply desecrated his own Presidency and allowed those who can only be likened to gravy train passengers, rascals and knaves to seize the initiative from him.”The APC added: ‘’This is what happens when a President is surrounded by self-serving, boot-licking and dishonest people, at the expense of seasoned technocrats and veteran policymakers, who would have reminded the President that while critics can afford to fire all sorts of darts at him, as the custodian of the Presidency at this point in time, he cannot afford to respond in kind because, in doing so, he would be debasing the presidency as an institution.’’The party said the President was not unaware of this because he struggled in his letter to maintain some minimum level of decorum, and then quickly lost control and engaged in a “bare-knuckle fight”.‘’The President himself knows that he ought not to have engaged in such exchange when he wrote early on in his letter: ‘It is with the greatest possible reluctance that I now write this reply. I am most uneasy about embarking on this unprecedented and unconventional form of open communication between me and a former leader of our country because I know that there are more acceptable and dignified means of doing so’.The APC went on: ‘’However, he quickly jettisoned such reluctance and, in an unfortunate debasement of the tone and quality of statecraft, went full blast, calling the former president a liar, a conflict instigator and an unreliable ally, among other inferred derogatory labels that may have now shut the window to reconciliation between him and his political Godfather, in addition to portraying Nigerian leaders as delinquents.‘’To worsen matters, President Jonathan could not restrain himself from using even the revered and ecclesial platform provided by his appearance at a church service on Christmas Day to further lambast his critics and spew out hot words. This, surely, is not what is expected of a President, a leader and anyone who wants to be a nation builder. It is time to call a truce!’’

Source: Radio Biafra.

Nigeria Is Already A Failed State By David Lanre Lijadu.


By David Lanre Lijadu

The President of Nigeria just confirmed to all Nigerians that Nigeria is a failed state through the letter he wrote to Mr. Obasanjo severally referred to as “Baba.”

First, Mr. President said he was obligated to write Mr. Obasanjo because he doesn’t want to be seen as “ignoring a former President.”  However, the eighth, ninth and tenth reasons the President gave for replying Mr. Obasanjo were serious alerts that his life is in danger and that he believed that the former President is attempting to take over his government by violence: Mr. President stated:

The eighth reason is that it appears that your letter was designed to incite Nigerians from other geopolitical zones against me and also calculated to promote ethnic disharmony. Worse still, your letter was designed to instigate members of our Party, the PDP, against me. The ninth reason is that your letter conveys to me the feeling that land mines have been laid for me. Therefore, Nigerians need to have my response to the issues raised before the mines explode. The tenth and final reason why my reply is inevitable is that you have written similar letters and made public comments in reference to all former Presidents and Heads of Government starting from Alhaji Shehu Shagari and these have instigated different actions and reactions. The purpose and direction of your letter is distinctly ominous, and before it is too late, my clarifications on the issues need to be placed on record.  ~ FrontierNews  HYPERLINK “http://www.frontiersnews.com/index.php/news/6984-breaking-news-jonathans-response-to-objs-letter#.UrdFrDQsqGM.facebook”http://www.frontiersnews.com/index.php/news/6984-breaking-news-jonathans…

The above are serious accusations by the President that a leader of his party who is a former President has “instigated” members of the PDP against him and therefore, he feels that “land mines have been “laid” for him and is ready to “explode.”  Furthermore, the President referred to past letter writing precedents that had led to the take over of government by force and believed that this letter was meant to serve similar purpose.

The summary of these three reasons which President Jonathan offered in his letter is that Mr. Obasanjo is attempting to use members of the PDP and others to take over the government of Nigeria by force and possibly with the intent to assassinate him.

To corroborate his accusation, the Present chronicled similar attempts on his life during Mr. Obasanjo’s administration without any investigation carried out by same.

In the final analysis, one wonders if this President is so fearful that he had to account for his stewardship to a former President rather than Nigerians. I thought that the office of the President is above all other in the country except the people who elected him.  However, the woeful accountability by Mr. Jonathan to a particular “Baba” and the latest meeting of the APC leaders to Mr. Obasanjo asking him to be the “navigator” of the “ship” to “rescue” Nigeria worries me and I think it should worry every Nigerian who believes in democracy, the rule of law and the power of the Constitution.

By not holding a Press conference, the notice that the President gave to all Nigerians is that he is accountable to Mr. Obasanjo and the fragmented PDP first, and Nigerians second.  The implication of this is that he is incapable of using the power given to him by all Nigerians as the President and Commander-In-Chief of the Armed Forces to stand against any internal or external aggression, but rather, would succumb to them.

A World Press conference as practiced in every civilized country governed by democratically elected President would have been the right thing to do so that Mr. Jonathan would be seen as addressing the issues and accounting to Nigerians who elected him into office and are collectively his boss; not Obasanjo.  He would also have given the media the opportunity to ask pertinent questions that most Nigerians and the whole world are anxious to ask and have been asking for couple of weeks since Mr. Obasanjo made his letter public and respond to them officially.  Mr. Jonathan deliberately shattered the hope of Nigerians to hear from their President.  Instead, he validated Obasanjo’s claim that he “handpicked” his successors and they dare not challenge his authority.  This is now a matter of “He, who pays the piper, dictates the tune.”

Downgrading the office of the President to that of letter writing and stating various and  serious charges of criminal activities by past and present politicians in power and other bureaucrats and individuals in the country without stating what the next action would be officially is laughable and absolutely shameful to say the least.

A sitting President cannot afford to make such serious accusations and allegations in a letter to another past leader publicly without telling the country what action his administration would take to make sure that the Nigerian people are not taken for a ride.  Is Nigeria not a country of law?  What has happened to the entire systems of enforcement, investigation, detection, prosecution and judgment in accordance with the rule of law in the country?  Is the Constitution not guiding the operation of government in Nigeria anymore?

The issues are about the Nigerian state and as the President of Nigeria; he should be addressing Nigerians officially at a World Press Conference.  By his letter, the President presented Nigeria as the property of Obasanjo and the fragmented PDP and himself as an employee for the former President who is answering a query from the boss.

Also, addressing Mr. Obasanjo as “Baba” is unfortunate to say the least. It is unbelievable and monumental insult to Nigerians.  I think the President is the 1st person in any civilized country!  Is Mr. Obasanjo the “Baba” of President Jonathan?  The Yorubas say, “Ibi ti a ba ape lori, a ki fii tele” (Whatever is designated as the head cannot be used to stump the ground.)  Even in most Nigerian cultures, when has it become customary for a King to prostrate to any of his subjects – young or old?  Would Barack Obama refer to former President Clinton as “Father” in a public letter of such significance?

The world saw former President Clinton during the 2012 Democratic convention bow down for President Barack Obama.  Here in Nigeria, a sitting President is calling a former President “Baba.”  So, is “Baba” above the law?  Does he have absolute power in Nigeria today?  Is this shameful show of idiocy playing out to the world that Nigerians desire to command respect?

The question that Nigerians should ask their President is: Where do we go from here?  Are you strong enough to defend Nigeria from internal and/or external aggressors or should we quickly look for another “before it’s too late?”  Are these allegations of corruption, murders, assassination attempts, plutocratic practices and terrorism just going to be a matter of writing to Mr. Obasanjo?  Can Nigerians now assume that their country is already a failed state because their President alerted them that his life is in danger but cannot do anything about it?  Nigerians need answers now, or they shall take their country back before it’s too late!

David Lanre Lijadu is a former Chairman Campaign for Democracy, Ogun State Branch

The views expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect the editorial policy of SaharaReporters

Don’t turn Nigeria to Syria – Senator Uzodinma.


Hope Uzodinma

Chairman, Senate Committee on Aviation, Senator Hope Uzodinma, has warned Nigerians against making unguarded statements capable of derailing the nation’s democracy and precipitating ethnic backlash that could turn the country into another Syria.
Speaking at the weekend, Uzodinma, who represents Imo West Senatorial District in th Senate, regretted that highly placed Nigerians have lately resorted to making provocative statements against the leadership of the country aimed at inciting the public against the government.
He reminded those behind what he described as “explosive, wild and baseless allegations” to be mindful of the fact that such ungodly utterances could precipitate an ethnic backlash that can create another Syria in the country.
According to him, the impression many are beginning to have is that there are a set of ethnocentric leaders in the country who are yet to come to terms with the fact of a minority presidency in the country and the prospect of another four years of minority presidency.
The senator said such ethnic bigots have become so obsessed with their disdain for a president from a minority ethnic extraction that they have lost all civility and decorum.
“I suspect that these people are simply obsessed that a minority is President of Nigeria and are also paranoid about the prospect of another four years of a minority Presidency. It appears that this obsession has made them lose calm and maturity so much so that they have become like a loose canon mindlessly churning out warped logic and baseless allegations against the government,” he declared.
Uzodinma said it was interesting to observe that even those who were released from prison and made president with a promise to do only one term but ended up doing two terms and wanting a third, are now in the forefront of trying to stop President Goodluck Jonathan from doing a second term.
He wondered when it became unethical for the President, as leader of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), to be interested in who becomes the National Chairman of PDP or when it became the tradition that other party leaders will force a National Chairman down the throat of a President.
Said he: “I know it for certain that presidents, as leaders of PDP, have also influenced, if not determined who the National Chairman of our party is. In fact, in some cases, some presidents even forced a chairman to resign at gun-point for having the courage to have a different view. So, why is it now that this president must be forced to have a chairman and must jettison  the one he approves?”
The senator said it was clear to him that the hidden agenda behind the mindless allegations and plots against President Jonathan was simply because those who believe they own Nigeria are truly embarrassed by the fact that the hand of God threw up somebody from outside their cabal to be president and that he may be there for another tenure
The statement added: “I think the cabal that has controlled the leadership of this country since independence is thoroughly embarrassed that a stranger found his way into the Presidency. They are finding it difficult to live with this and they appear desperate enough to want to do anything to stop this.”
He argued that the issue at stake is not about Jonathan’s performance, adding that even the president’s critics know he has done well and insist that the real issue is about protecting the interest of a cabal that is feeling increasingly insecure.
The senator said the danger in what is happening is that the spate of unguarded statements against Jonathan by this cabal and their cohorts is that it was throwing up unsavory ethnic sentiments that can backfire against the country.
“With the security situation in the country, I am surprised that these leaders are not mindful of the fact that the type of provocative statements they make is capable of precipitating ethnic crisis in the country. I urge them to thread softly and to remember that the interest of Nigeria is always bigger than an individual or group’s interest,” Uzodinma said.

By WILLY EYA

Source: Radio Biafra.

Obasanjo Says He Will Not Comment On Jonathan’s Letter.


Former President Olusegun Obasanjo
By Saharareporters, New York

Following yesterday’s publication of President Goodluck Jonathan’s response to his letter, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo said today he will be making no further comment on the matter.

A statement signed by his media aide, Tunde Oladunjoye, acknowledged receiving President Jonathan’s response, followed by several requests from local and international media for his reaction.

“Baba, as he already indicated in his December 2, 2013,  does not wish to make further comments beyond the contents of his last letter to Mr. President or react to the said letter/response from Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan,” the statement said.

It quoted from page 14 of Obasanjo’s original letter to buttress that position.  The former president wrote, “I will maintain my serenity, because by this letter I have done my duty to you as I have always done, to your government, to the party, PDP, and to our country, Nigeria.”

In his response to Obasanjo, President Jonathan said he had directed the security agencies and requested the National Human Rights Commission to carry out a thorough investigation of the criminal allegations made by the former president, and to make their findings public.

It is unclear if Obasanjo intends to cooperate with that investigation and whether he has yet been contacted to testify, or what Mr. Jonathan intends to do should he refuse.

In Jonathan’s 14-page response to Obasanjo’s 18 pages, he said he only had time to respond to the most serious of the charges which question his sincerity, personal honour, and commitment to his oath of office.   Obasanjo, he said, did him grave injustice by accusing him of “deceit, deception, dishonesty, incompetence, clannishness, divisiveness and insincerity,” among others.

Mr. Jonathan described Obasanjo’s allegation that he may be training snipers to assassinate political opponents as “particularly incomprehensible.”   Denying that he has ever been associated with any form of political violence since his days as a Deputy Governor about eight years ago, he challenged Obasanjo to name the 1000 people he claimed to be on a political watch list.

In a press statement issued on December 16 by his spokesman, Reuben Abati, the president called Obasanjo greedy and indecent for making that allegation, asserting that he needs no snipers as his legitimacy comes from the people.

“Those who are alleging the existence of snipers should step forward and provide the evidence or shut up forever and go down in history as spineless cowards, driven by sheer greed and indecency.”

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