The CPC accused the president of cowardice for the low key independence celebration.
The Congress for Progressive Change, CPC, has described President Goodluck Jonathan as a weak and incompetent leader who lacks the courage to lead the nation.
In a press statement on Thursday, the National Publicity Secretary of the opposition party, Rotimi Fashakin, said since coming into office in the last two years, Mr. Jonathan has exhibited a high level of cowardice during times of insurgency, leaving the nation rudderless.
“Undoubtedly, it is implausible for the leader of a Nation to be lacking in courage and honour as the Nigerian President has shown in the last two years,” the opposition party said.
“When a leader abdicates his responsibility in deftly guiding a people in times of national adversity and prefers to deal in cowardice, he has deviated from the creed that sustains the fidelity of his office and is therefore unworthy of commanding followership.”
The party said it drew that conclusion in the light of the president’s decision to celebrate the nation’s Independence anniversary within the comfort of his Aso Villa office, instead of the Eagle Square.
“We have observed that, in the last two years, the Jonathan-led Federal Government has consistently done the independence celebration within the high walled perimeter of the State House in Abuja”.
“Ever since the union Jack was lowered and replaced with the green-white-green flag on 1st October, 1960, the independence anniversary had always been celebrated in a manner to involve the participation of the broad spectrum of the Nigerian people”.
CPC said the spate of insecurity in the land, which is brought about by the “ruling PDP’s delusional politics,” is not enough reason to shift the venue of the yearly celebration to the president’s office.
“It is our belief that, rather than showing timidity in changing a national tradition because of a security challenge, the Jonathan regime has missed a vital opportunity in galvanizing the support of the citizenry in confronting a common National malady,” the party said.