Nigeria: Group threatens Akande over attack on Jonathan – PDP

By IndepthAfrica
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Aug 15th, 2013

THE description of President Goodluck Jonathan as a “kindergarten president” by the Interim National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Bisi Akande, has attracted the wrath of a group of professionals, which has demanded a withdrawal of the statement and an apology to the president.

The group, Nigerian Young Professionals Forum (NYPF), addressed a press conference in Abuja, on Wednesday, where it threatened unspecified repercussion for the party boss if he failed to apologise to the president.

In a joint statement signed by Moses Siloko Siasia, Alhaji Yusuf Waili, Mr Dotun Ajayi and Dr Uche Nwachukwe, representing the Niger Delta, North, South-West and South-East wings of the group respectively, the forum warned that any individual or group which tries to subject the person and office of the president to ridicule, would face their ‘wrath’.

“We also wish to warn sternly that any further unwarranted insults on the person of President Jonathan and his office will be viewed as personal attack and will be visited with appropriate retaliation from us,” the statement read.

The group said that it was worried because of certain unguarded statements by some political players in the country, whose utterances appear to unduly heating up the polity and sending a wrong message to Nigerians, “that Nigeria is heading in the wrong direction, when the reverse is the case.”

NYPF said that its members were taken aback when the same group of persons hauled unprovoked insults on “the person and character of the keeper of the sacred mandate of the Office of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, claiming to be doing so under the guise of politics and freedom of association and expression.”

According to the forum, “We are sad to note that the fragile peace in Nigeria is being seriously and systematically threatened by the imprudent utterances of these so-called leaders and politicians, who are supposed to be at the forefront of promoting national peace, cohesion and integration.

“It is very unsettling for us as young Nigerians to note that the very elders, who should be championing worthy courses to bring about a Nigeria of our dream, are actively working against the interest of a united Nigeria under the guise of opposition politics.”

Recalling what they observed as Akande’s lacklustre performance as governor of Osun State, especially his alleged complicity in the Ife/Modakeke crisis, massive layoff of workers and his alleged ex-convict status, the NYPF asked the APC boss to refrain from further denigrating the person and office of the president.

Meanwhile, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Akoko-Edo chapter, yesterday, said the newly registered All Progressive Congress (APC) media attack on President Goodluck Jonathan goes beyond politics. Via Tribune

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