Abuja - President Goodluck Jonathan must personally be held responsible if the Ebola virus spreads further in the country after he failed to stop a rally organised in his support in Port Harcourt on Saturday despite warning from individuals and groups, the opposition said.
"Never before has a president of a country sabotaged his own administration's policy and endangered the lives of his compatriots as President Jonathan has done over the issue of Ebola," All Progressives Congress (APC) said in a statement issued in Lagos by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed.
It said the rally came despite Jonathan declaring a national emergency on Ebola and advising against large gatherings to prevent the spread of the virus.
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However, APC alleged Jonathan was the first to flout his own advice by his failure to stop the rally by the so-called Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria (TAN) in Port Harcourt, a few days after the virus was detected in the city and at a time that contact tracing was going on to find all those who might have had contact with the medical doctor victim of the disease.
“On the altar of political desperation, President Jonathan put the lives of Nigerians in danger. In order to realize his ambition for re-election, President Jonathan has shown he is ready to sacrifice as many lives of Nigerians as possible. There goes the President's statement that his political ambition is not worth the blood of any Nigerian. This President simply says what he doesn't mean."
The APC rejected arguments that the President had no control over the organizers of the rally.
“The TAN rallies are the Jonathan Administration's cunning way of beating the INEC ban on campaigns for next year's general elections. They highlight the impunity of the Jonathan administration. President Jonathan is the sole beneficiary. He can stop the rallies today, if only he wants to put the nation's interest above his own personal interest.”
- CAJ News