Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan attends the pdp rally, at the Tafawa Balewa Square in Lagos, Nigeria. (Sunday Alamba, AP) ~ Sunday Alamba
Abuja - The All Progressives Congress (APC) has
said accused President Goodluck Jonathan of a hypocritical show of sorrow with
his lamentation the country had become more divided along religious and ethnic
lines than ever.
The opposition alleged Jonathan was thus the most divisive
leader in the country’s history.
“Mr President, there is no point being sanctimonious about
an issue for which you bear the most responsibility. You are the most divisive
leader in the history of Nigeria, having ceaselessly exploited the country’s
fault lines for political gains,” the opposition party said in a statement its
National Publicity Secretary, Lai Mohammed, issued in Abuja on Thursday.
The main opposition party said the President’s belated
lamentation was aimed at “pulling the wool over the eyes of Nigerians” with a
view to extracting undeserved political gains, especially a few weeks before
next month’s elections.
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“Where was President Jonathan when his spokespersons and
party members sought to pit Christians against Muslims by labeling the
country’s main opposition party, the APC, as an Islamic Party? Where was
President Jonathan when his spokespersons and party members sought to portray
all adherents of a particular faith as terrorists? Not once did this President
call his loquacious and sycophantic supporters to order when they were
denigrating people of other tribes, calling them unprintable names.”
APC alleged Jonathan did not call his supporters to order
when they were threatening to bring the country down if he was not re-elected.
“President Jonathan himself led the divisive band by tagging
the leaders of a whole people ‘rascals’, just because people dared to protest
against his administration’s policies. A man who got a pan-Nigerian mandate
turned himself into a tribal leader, running a government that excludes a
critical mass of the nation’s demography and pigeon-holing himself into an
The ruling People’s Democratic Party had not commented on
the allegations at the time of publication.