Abuja - The ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) claimed some opposition politicians were sponsoring terror in an effort to discredit President Goodluck Jonathan and his administration.
The party alleged “unpatriotic elements” were behind the acts of terror that had claimed the lives of thousands in recent years. The terror has been blamed largely on the Boko Haram sect.
“After a careful examination of the trend and character of the spate of insurgency and sectarian violence in the country, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has submitted that these acts of terrorism were being sponsored by unpatriotic elements whose aim is to discredit the person, office and administration of President Goodluck Jonathan,” Olisa Metuh National Publicity Secretary stated in Abuja on Tuesday.
He alleged such “tactics” were to distract and detract the President, constrain the successful delivery of his transformation programme so as to portray him as non-performing and finally ridicule his score card when time reckons.
The party said it was beyond conjecture that the Nigerian version of terrorism is the product of a narrow political persuasion that defied logic and reason.
“We accept the reality of terrorism as a global phenomenon, however, the peculiar trend of the Nigerian version which subsists on a welter of nebulous demands and masked identities, hacking down innocent Nigerians -women, children and the elderly in an awful scorch earth fashion, and in an obstinate ridicule of dialogue, defies all reason and logic and only summarizes a well considered agenda of national destabilization for a purely selfish political cause. We pointedly finger the opposition,” Metuh stated.
He added, “We recall statements by some politicians, vowing to make the country ungovernable for President Jonathan on the eve of the 2011 general elections, and therefore adjure Nigerians to rise against this brute ideology of violence from which a tiny clique of the political class intends to benefit ultimately. It is the climax of wickedness only heard of the Lucifer in the distant bosom of hell fire.”
In the statement, Metuh declared it was clear that Jonathan was being persecuted for “no other reason than being a Nigerian from the minority.”
He argued none of the previous president had faced the height of persecution that the President has been subjected to since he assumed office.
“Ironically, this is in spite of his humility and his fidelity to the orthodoxy of all democratic norms and values. This is in spite of his proven commitment to the unity and progress of every party of Nigeria irrespective of tribe and religion. Ironically, this is in spite of his proven competence and record delivery of his electoral promises.”
– CAJ News