The All Progressives Congress (APC), PDP’s opposition, has come down hard on President Jonathan for formally declaring his interest in being re-elected.
The party expressed annoyance that the declaration was being made a day after the death of almost 50 students in Potiskum, Yobe state, and called president Jonathan’s going ahead to declare despite this ‘utterly insensitive’ and ‘absolutely callous.’
The party’s statement, released by Alhaji Lai Mohammed, National Publicity Secretary for the party, accused GEJ of “dancing on the graves of the students” and on the graves of all the victims of Boko Haram attacks.
“Since this President has chosen to celebrate a national tragedy, Nigerians should also be ready to celebrate his electoral failure next year,” the statement read.
”Today, the three North-East states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe are in danger of being overrun by Boko Haram and over 650,000 Nigerians are internally displaced in those states by the insurgency. Yet, President Jonathan says he puts Nigerians first. Lies have never worn a bolder
face. The truth is that for President Jonathan, it is Jonathan first, Jonathan second, Jonathan third, Jonathan always!”
“When about 60 students were killed in the terror attack on the Federal Government College, Buni Yadi, in February 2014, President Jonathan never visited the scene to commiserate with the families of the victims. When over 80 people were killed in the first Nyanya bombing in April 2014, President Jonathan went dancing ‘Azonto’ in Kano less than 48 hours later. And when almost 300 girls were freshly abducted in Chibok, President Jonathan neither acted fast enough to rescue the girls nor visited the village. His Administration even denied anyone was abducted, until 19 days after!
”This President has therefore established a pattern of putting his political interest above the security and welfare of Nigerians who voted him into office. This President has trampled upon the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, which makes the security and welfare of the citizenry the raison d’etre of the government’s existence.
“It is time for Nigerians to respond in kind by trampling on his political ambition and sending him back to Otuoke.”
Safe School Initiative
The party ridiculed the Safe Schools Initiative of the FG. It wondered aloud what it meant if students could be killed and abducted in their schools:
“The Safe Schools Initiative will remain a mere tokenism until the fundamental problem of insurgency, which has claimed thousands of lives, is conclusively addressed. Mr. President, what Nigerians want is not an isolated Safe Schools Initiative, but a Safe Nigeria Initiative.”