President Jonathan Backs 2 Political Party System
Jonathan said: “We will encourage them to come together more. We want a situation where it is PDP versus one. In that case, the polity will be more stable. Even our members will be more loyal to the party because you will have nowhere to go.
“All this time, immediately we disagree in PDP, somebody is picking form in one PPP, DDD party and contesting House of Assembly or House of Reps or Senate. When we have only two, before you get there, they have already occupied that place. So, even if we disagree, we will agree at the end of the day and it will even help to build a stronger party.
“So, Nigerians should commend PDP. If PDP were weak, people wouldn’t have gathered together. There wouldn’t have been any reason for parties to come together to fight PDP. But when you have so many parties on their own they know they cannot face us until they come together then you know that we are formidable,” President Jonathan said.
Jonathan said it was disheartening that the Boko Haram menace was being used as cover for heinous crimes being committed by ethnic and religious zealots.
“One key thing sometimes that get people confused about Boko Haram is this communal conflicts, ethnic cleansing. It was not so prominent before. Animosity between tribes and society has been a part of human society. It has been a part of the history of the human race. People living together must have disagreements. But this idea of minor provocation, youth will carry weapons to attack and kill massively like what happened in Zamfara State recently that has nothing to do with Boko Haram, must be condemned.
“It is one area the governors will also be discussing in their meetings. This ethnic rivalry is becoming embarrassing. Government cannot continue to sit down and allow ethnic rivalry between communities, between different ethnic groups leading to deaths.
“Definitely, if we send soldiers to such places, soldiers carry guns, they don’t carry canes, the result may not be too palatable. So on our own, the leaders of this country, governors and all of us, we should try and continue to talk to our brothers and sisters that killing is not the best way to resolve conflicts. As long as we liver, there must be conflicts but we should use dialogue to resolve our conflicts,” Jonathan admonished.
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