- from Bayo Oladeji -
Following the recent endorsement of President Goodluck Jonathan to seek reelection in 2015 by his kinsmen, some prominent Nigerians have continued to react angrily.
Prominent Ijaw leaders and south-south elders last week met in Lagos for two days during which they deliberated on the 2015 presidential election and the way forward for the region.
Responding to the position of the south–south, former Kaduna State governor and an elder statesman Alhaji Lawal Kaita critised the stand of the Ijaws, saying: “We hear rumours all over that Jonathan is planning to contest in 2015. Well, the north is going to be prepared if the country remains one. That is, if the country remains one, we are going to fight for it. If not, everybody can go his way.”
In his reaction, Alhaji Tanko Yakasai expressed surprise. “What brought about the endorsement of Jonathan at this material time when the man himself stated that he is not contesting in 2015 and has halted all talks regarding 2015?” he asked.
“This is a premature political strategy since there are more pressing issues facing the president now like Boko Haram, the general security situation in the country and, moreover, Nigerians are still expecting more dividends of democracy from the president.”
The Second Republic presidential adviser said President Jonathan should be allowed to concentrate more on governing the country within this first year of his administration rather than be dragged into issues of election at this early stage.
Also speaking in Kaduna, former military administrator of Kaduna State Col. Hammed Ali said: “The People that endorsed Jonathan are all Ijaw people; they are not the only people that constitute the south-south region, so their claim cannot hold water.
“Who has the strength to clinch power, if not the north? They can say what they want to say, but it remains for Nigerians to decide what they want.
“Of course, they are enjoying power and they have the right to claim anything. They are clamouring for 2015, because they have not tasted power before.
“It is left for the north to decide if they want to wrest power back; it is left for the people to put their own strategy and get their own in power, otherwise the south-south will take it again.”
In his reaction, Senator Mas’ud El-Jibrin Doguwa from Kano State warned against what he referred to as “overheating the polity amidst the security challenges facing the country” and charged the president to be a man of his own words. “The president should toe the path of honour and avoid riding on the sentiment of his kinsmen,” Senator Doguwa said.No. of Views:762