War Threat: Tinubu Tells Jonathan to Call His Aides, Supporters to Order
National Leader of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) and former governor of Lagos state, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu has asked President Goodluck Jonathan to call his aides, supporters and hangers-on who have been making inflammatory statements on the 2015 election and others to order.
The ACN scribe gave the charge Thursday in a speech titled “Lest we forget: Let’s not take our country’s unity for granted”, delivered as a guest of honour at the public presentation of Lest I Forget: Memoirs of a Nigerian Career Diplomat, authored by Ambassador Oladapo Fafowora, at the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs (NIIA), Victoria Island, Lagos.
Asiwaju’s speech on the call to president Jonathan is reproduced below in parts:
“Self-acclaimed friends as well as aides of the President have been making comments that are capable of putting the unity of our country in jeopardy. One says if President Goodluck Jonathan is not re-elected in 2015, the tenuous peace now being enjoyed in the Niger Delta will not be guaranteed. Another builds on that, saying – with all the crudity in his being – that not only will there be no peace in the Niger Delta, there will be no peace everywhere across the country. Let us remember that these two are not the only ones making threatening comments ahead of the 2015 elections.
“Earlier, a gregarious presidential aide boasted that he would no longer bear his name if by 2014 the new political platform called the All Progressives Congress (APC) has not vanished into thin air! These are pretty strong words. And without mincing words, these statements must be seen for what they are: insensitive, inciting and incendiary. One must not forget to say such threats are utterly irresponsible and unjustifiable!”
“And without mincing words, these statements must be seen for what they are: insensitive, inciting and incendiary. One must not forget to say such threats are utterly irresponsible and unjustifiable!”
“Let us remember what Jodi Picout said: ”Words are like eggs dropped from great heights; You can no more call them back than ignore the mess they leave when they fall.”
“It is also important for us not to keep quiet when the dead-enders unleash these kinds of words on us. We must not allow the ethnic militias to ruin our democracy or untie our unity.”
“It is said that evil triumphs when good men do nothing. It is therefore incumbent on all our acknowledged good men to speak out against these ethnic jingoists, or those that the Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka will call lickspittle.”
“To the best of my knowledge, President Goodluck Jonathan was elected by Nigerians of different ethnic groups. And no one single ethnic group, whether minority or majority, can single-handedly elect a President. No ethnic warlord or grovelling aide can single-handedly elect a President.”
“The framers of our constitution apparently had this in mind,when they said that for a candidate to be elected President, he must win not less than one-third of the votes cast at an election in each of at least two-thirds of all states of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory.”
“Your excellencies, distinguished ladies and gentlemen. There is strength in our unity. Let us guard it jealously. Let us work hard to keep our country united. Above all, let us NOT take our unity for granted. I thank you for listening!”
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