Jonathan faces fire again over support for warlords

Jonathan faces fire again over support for warlords

Wednesday, January 28, 2015 8:09 pm

The All Progressives Congress Presidential Campaign Organisation (APCPCO) has slammed President Goodluck Jonathan for his usual complicity and alliance with ethnic warlords who have been threatening to tear the country apart in case he (Jonathan) fails at the February 14 presidential polls.

The APCPCO said in a statement in Abuja on Wednesday that this unholy alliance by the President with elements that served notice of their diabolical intention to foment trouble negates the oath of allegiance sworn to over five years ago by the President, to maintain the territorial integrity and indivisible Nigeria.

•Mallam Garba Shehu

•Mallam Garba Shehu

The statement signed by the Director of Media and Publicity of the APCPCO, Malam Garba Shehu, condemned the President’s attitude of “condoning treasonable statements and gross indiscipline by some elements of his kinsmen – as a breach of presidential oath to protect all Nigerians and a sheer display of double standard and selective justice.”

“How can the President feign ignorance of the war plots and call to arms in Bayelsa State Government House in Yenagoa, supervised by a PDP Governor, Seriake Dickson, and the Presidential Special Adviser on Amnesty Programme, Kingsley Kuku, with majority of Niger Delta ex-militant kinsmen,” Shehu said.

“Whereas this President was quick to condemn MEND for allegedly supporting the opposition candidate, Muhammadu Buhari, and lambast claims by the hoax Federal Government-hired Australian negotiator with the Boko Haram, Dr Stephen Davis; publicly bad-mouth his critics particularly former Head of State, Olusegun Obasanjo; yet he has refused to call to order tribal war-mongers like Kingsley Kuku and his cohorts – Asari Dokubo, Tompolo, Boy Loaf and others. This is a total and unequivocal support of Mr. President for aiding and abetting treason in the land, an impeachable offence by all standards.”

Also recalling similar situations of Jonathan’s indifference towards probing or punishing alleged criminal plots, Shehu reminded that “former President Obasanjo wrote in his famous Open Letter to Jonathan, of a ‘hidden agenda by snipers trained abroad to eliminate 1000 opposition politicians’ in case Jonathan fails to return to Aso Rock Villa in 2015. Up till now, no inquiry has been instituted to probe the serious allegation.”

He also attributed the clandestine procurement and distribution of arms and ammunition across the nation, all in the name of fighting insurgency, to a grand design by the incumbent President and his party to scuttle democracy or eventually break up the country for parochial gains.

“It is now common knowledge that strange planes and helicopters laden with arms have been landing at unauthorised spots in some parts of the country. The incident in Kano where a cargo plane supposedly going to neighbouring country of Niger landed unexpectedly, and the use of drones one of which allegedly crashed recently; coupled with the shady movement of millions of raw dollars to do undercover black market buying of weapons in South Africa. All these incidents ride against the tide of transparency and public accountability and a clear breach of the President’s oath of allegiance to the country’s Constitution,” Shehu said.

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