Nigeria opposition launches new attack on Jonathan
from HENRY IFEANYI in Lagos, Nigeria
LAGOS – THE All Progressives Congress (APC) has branded President Goodluck Jonathan as “Nigeria’s number one enemy” because of his alleged propensity to perpetrate impunity, abuse federal institutions and tolerate corruption.
In a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the opposition party said under President Jonathan’s watch, Nigeria had been thrown into unprecedented crisis that is manifesting in the opposition strongholds of Rivers, Edo, Adamawa and Nasarawa States and elsewhere across the country.
The President had allegedly abused national institutions perhaps more than any other President in Nigeria’s history, deploying the police and the army to intimidate and harass ordinary citizens in general and opposition supporters in particular.
“Under President Jonathan, there is no longer the need to make any electoral promises or carry out people-oriented and quality of life
“Just distribute bags of rice, expired or not, to a people already famished by a clueless federal government, and tuck in a few naira notes into the pockets of electorates who have been deliberately impoverished. This is a clear subversion of democracy,” APC stated.
“With such huge funds now being allegedly channeled to Osun to thwart the will of the people ahead of the 9 August governorship election, in an attempt to repeat the Ekiti ‘experiment’ which the PDP-led federal government deemed to have been a ‘success’, it is now clear the Jonathan Administration will not pull any punches in subverting
democracy ahead of the 2015 general elections.”
The party criticised the handling of the crisis that saw the kidnapping of over 200 girls in Borno and the daily carnage in the North-east as well as Kaduna, Nasarawa and Benue.
Over 12 000 people have been killed and 8 000 maimed.
“Unfortunately, in the midst of all the shenanigans, Nigerians are more divided than ever along ethnic and religious lines, no thanks to a President who is so obsessed with power that he will not hesitate to cash in on the nation’s fault lines, abuse federal institutions, compromise once-credible public commentators to shamelessly mortgage their integrity on the altar of greed, and disregard even the Electoral Act by kick-starting electioneering campaign before the starting gun is fired,” APC stated.
No response could be obtained from the Presidency.
– CAJ News
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