National Assembly blockade: APC accuses Jonathan of sabotaging war against Boko Haram

All Progressives Congress

The All Progressives Congress, APC, has accused President Goodluck Jonathan of sabotaging his own Administration’s war against Boko Haram on the altar of personal vindictiveness and political desperation, an action that is unbecoming of a self-respecting national leader.

In a statement issued in Abuja on Thursday by its National Publicity Secretary, Lai Mohammed, the party said just because he was so desperate to oust Aminu Tambuwal as the Speaker of House of Representatives, President Jonathan ensured that the House could not meet as scheduled on Thursday to consider his request for an extension of the State of Emergency in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States.

“For a President who has severally stated his administration’s commitment to the battle against the insurgency in the North-east, is it not a cruel irony that he allowed his personal ego and political desperation to override his sense of propriety, by moving to have Mr. Tambuwal removed instead of having the House of Representatives sit to consider his request?

“Does anyone need any more evidence that the president’s sole preoccupation is how to win the 2015 elections, rather than the fate of the hundreds of Nigerians who are daily being killed and maimed at the epicentre of the insurgency? Had he been genuinely committed to the fight against the insurgents, would the president not have allowed the House to sit to consider his request? How does he feel now that the entire National Assembly has been shut down because of his capricious action?” it queried.

APC said because of his meddlesomeness in the affairs of another arm of government, and also his blatant disregard for a court order that the status quo be maintained on the issue of the defection of the Speaker to the APC, the President on Thursday suffered a moral and political defeat that will hunt him for a long time to come.

“The plot was simple: The presidency decided to use the reconvening of the House as an opportunity to remove the Speaker. While Deputy Speaker Emeka Ihedioha was accorded a presidential ride into the premises of the National Assembly, House Speaker Tambuwal was barred from entry by the hordes of security agents who have been deployed solely for that purpose.

“Their plan was to ensure that, with Mr. Tambuwal locked out, Ihedioha would preside over the reconvened House and the Speaker will then be removed. The consideration of the request to extend the State of Emergency was not important to the Presidency. The fate of the Nigerians who are suffering from the insurgency, which has displaced 1.5 million people, does not bother the Presidency. All it wanted is to remove Tambuwal.

“However, the plan failed as members of the House overpowered the security personnel were overpowered by and the Speaker was led on foot into the Chambers, even as a rain of tear gas fell on them. In the end, the President himself sabotaged his Administration’s tepid war on terror, and he got himself a birthday gift he didn’t bargain for: A humiliating political defeat that played out on national television. This is a clear reminder that there is always a limit to impunity!,” the party said.

APC said because it is clear that history is not a forte of this presidency, it (presidency) needs to be reminded that the kind of crisis it is willfully instigating in the National Assembly helped to truncate the First Republic in the early 1960s.

The party said the crisis instigated by the Jonathan Administration at the National Assembly on Thursday showed the prescience of the “APC’s Salvation Rally” in Abuja a day earlier to protest the runaway impunity, corruption, poor governance, anti-democratic tendencies and win-elections-at-all-costs disposition of the Administration.

“We have said it before and we will restate it: It’s Jonathan first, Jonathan second, Jonathan third, Jonathan always for this President. If not, why will he be more interested in playing politics with the lives and blood of our sons and daughters, fathers and mothers, brothers and sisters who are suffering untold hardships in the hands of Boko Haram, especially in the North-east?

“Because of his ambition to be re-elected at all costs, President Jonathan is ready to throw Nigeria into crisis. He is ready to bring Nigeria down. He has presided over an unprecedented assault on democratic institutions. He has presided over the desecration of national institutions, especially the police.

“Is it right for the police to be trampling on the constitution? Is it right for the Inspector-General of Police, apparently acting under orders from the President, to deploy the police to prevent the Speaker from entering the House? Why on earth would you not allow the Speaker of the House, who is still seen as such by the law, to enter the House? What would have happened if the Speaker had refused to reconvene the House? Wouldn’t Nigerians have said he is putting his personal interest above national interest?” it queried.

APC said surely, Nigeria is in clear and present danger from the inordinate ambition of President Jonathan to run for a second term, and called on all men and women of goodwill to speak out before a desperate President brings the country down on all Nigerians.

Lai Mohammed
National Publicity Secretary
All Progressives Congress (APC)
Abuja, Nov. 20th 2014


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  • TRUTH MASTER

    Pretty strong statement…..that is reflective of the show of shame by the police, perhaps under instruction from the presidency. Thursday’s development has dealt a big blow to the presidency and attracted much sympathy to the much persecuted Tambuwal. If he defects to another party, so what? Where were the police and the presidency when Mimiko defected? THose who must come to equity must come with clean hands

  • thewatcher

    What a shame, is this what is important to our President?…see the lengths he’s going to to subvert Nigerian Democracy. Is he so threatened by APC? or is he just a vindictive man? either way these are not good traits in a leader

    • Pee

      This president does not give a hoot about the citizenry who die on daily bases in the north east, he is all about himself.

  • SB

    The PDP led government continue to swim in the pool of impunity. Today’s fracas in the NASS is a enough reason to impeach the sapele water drinker from aso rock.

    • Night Crawler

      You are right, gej wants to return Nigeria back to military regime

    • progressive

      They are also disgracing nigerians

  • _Proudly Niger Deltan

    I am continent Nigerian and currently a presidential candidate emeritus. I enacted decrees 2 & 4 which gave my government the rights to indefinitely detain any continent Nigerian without trial. Under this law, Fela was detained for singing, stripped and beaten (Video evidence on youtube). Several journalists were thrown into jail. e.g., Nduka Irabor, Tunde Thompson of Guardian newspapers jailed on June 2, 1984…Furthermore, if I lose the next election in 2015 the streets shall be soaked with blood. What is my name?
    (a) Imam Kwankawamaso (b) Imam Buhari (c) Imam Atiku (d) Pastor Jona

    I am continent Nigerian and currently a presidential candidate. Sometime ago in my state, there was an Islamist Terrorist bomb blast at a major motor park used by South bound passengers. Over 87 persons died. In my reaction to complaints, I released a list of 25 Northern peoples who died too. Among the 25 Northerners listed were OGU CHUKWU UMOH, IWOJO DANIEL, MACHEIL EZENWATA & OJO SANDRA
    —–This was my own way of contributing to stopping Boko haram. This is the reason to vote for me, so we can ensure equity in deaths during attacks. What is my name?
    (a) Imam Kwankawamaso (b) Imam Buhari (c) Imam Atiku (d) Pastor Jona (e) None on the list

    I am originally a fisherman. By the way, fishing is good business. I had one of the best opportunities to determine the actual population
    distribution in continent Nigeria when I employed fearless and blunt Odumegwu. But I bungled the opportunity by accepting his resignation due to pressures from those to whom truth is alien. What is my name?
    (a) Imam Kwankawamaso (b) Imam Buhari (c) Imam Atiku (d) Pastor Jona (e) None on the list

  • Sword of Damocles

    This President must be SHAMED out of office. You see your “PHD President” DARING to place his “new shoes” on the neck of OUR Nigeria? Him sey him dey bigger than the culmination of 54 years of sacred blood, tears, lamentation of 170 million souls. Now can I use the term “Enemy of the Republic”? Arise o Compatriots, our Nigeria is WAILING, calling upon men & women who say that they Honor the last name of their Fathers. Will this ignominious smear of the sacred honor of our Fatherland be allowed to stand? There must truth to the adage that those the gods want to kill, they make mad first. Chai No respect for 170 million souls at all!!

    • progressive

      A phd without no solution

  • djay

    With such moves by Gej it only shows any right thinking person that the clown is desperate and has dictatorial xteristics. should the clown rig himself in 2015 ” God Forbid” be rest assured he will want to remain there for life.

    • progressive

      He is so desperate we must not allow that impunity to continue

  • Concerned Citizen

    I sont understand this GEJ, he should go and leave abeg, his own is too much

    • progressive

      Yes oo my brother

  • Pee

    Men of good will should speak out before the shameless and incompetent one destroy Nigeria.

    • progressive

      Nigerians must stand up and fight for their right

  • Fireman

    We don’t want this President anymore…he has made a mockery of almost every institution in this country, from the NASS to CAN…#VoteOutJonathanToSaveNigeria2015

    • progressive

      We need a leader who is for everybody mot just for his parry alone

  • Washington Benjamin

    This is the highest level of impunity I least expected from Mr. President whom I used to regard. It’s quite unfortunate.

    • progressive

      This is a big impunity
      This is why we must vote for change

  • Justice Flow

    This is a new low for President Jonathan, just when we think he can’t do anything more clueless, unconstitutional or desperate, he surprises us once more…

    • progressive

      If we dear vote for gej come 2015 it going to worst more than this

  • PDP = IMPUNITY

    Mr jona is this your birthday present to Nigerians. You have failed woefully.

    • progressive

      It a big show of shame

  • Agent Harvey

    I really hope Nigerians make the right choice by voting APC in 2015, this country needs a change. Just imagine all these happening due to lack of proper leadership. This is not cool at all.

    • progressive

      Yes oo apc is the party that we want in power we all know what they have been doing in abuja

  • Agent Harvey

    Nigeria has an image to protect, sadly the present ruling party, PDP, is filled with selfish, power-mungering people. We really need a CHANGE, APC 2015.

    • progressive

      Pdp is a failure this is why we must vote them out

    • Night Crawler

      Change is the only constant thing in the world, and that’s what APC is offering Nigeria

    • kingthorin

      zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  • Otile

    APC janjaweed party, your house of cards is falling.

    • progressive

      It your pdp that has failed can’t you see what happens in the Assembly today

      • Otile

        I do not belong to PDP, and I hate APC for their thuggery.

        • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

          “I do not belong to PDP…” – Otile

          Liar!

          Why are you denying your paymasters, Otile?

    • Night Crawler

      Now I know you have nothing upstairs, if you watch it on national TV then you will know gej wants to stick to power by all means, why deploy police to NASS when judiciary can solve the case

      • kingthorin

        deploy them to the NASSIFS then

      • Otile

        How can you know when someone has something upstairs when you are bereft of intelligence? Your comments betray your mendacity.

        • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

          Night Crawler is right, Otile.

          It is easy to know when there is “nothing upstairs”.

          What emanates from where “upstairs” should be comes out like intellectual farts such as the ones you deliver on this forum.

  • Otile

    Where is Imam Abu Qaqa when you need him? Imam would have dispatched 2 good suicide bombers to cure the National Assembly. Islamic APC has lost big.

    • Night Crawler

      Where and how did APC lose big, it shows you have been hypnotised and I pray you wake up from your slumber

      • kingthorin

        OH, is that L O Se or is that LOSE…duh

        • Otile

          Learn some English before you attempt to correct me. Don’t display your crass arrogance here.

      • Otile

        They lost by showing the world that they their leader cannot enter the House of Assembly without thugs clearing the way for him. Shame on you servants of the born-to-rule Fulani

    • progressive

      Shut up your dirty mouth. How long will all this impunity continue this is not going to fetch us anything good

      • Otile

        Nothing good is forthcoming after the treachery that sold Speakership to Imam Tambuwal.

      • stackCrawler

        He has no vision

    • kingthorin

      stop preaching violence and terrorism officer

  • sanetalk

    I am really worried at the calibre of the advisers to the president, the quality and motives of their advice. Should it be a resort to street fight tactics when there are avenues such as the judiciary to sort things out? The National Assembly chaos witnessed today took Nigeria back 52 years to the Western region assembly fracas. Can’t these politicians learn from history? It is now apparent that the mindset is what we can’t have we destroy, but Nigeria shall survive

    • progressive

      Gej must go come 2015

    • Night Crawler

      Blame it on gej, he caused the public disgrace

      • stackCrawler

        Good one.

    • kingthorin

      there is no judiciary, otherwise you would have seen it in the last many years…thus the reason people take matters in to their own hands i suppose 🙂

  • MushinSpeaks

    Public show of shame!

    • Night Crawler

      Impunity must stop, #JonathanMustGo

    • progressive

      Yes oo. It shows that Pdp is not the right party for nigerians

  • MushinSpeaks

    The way out of this crisis is to vote Change in the coming elections, anything short of that is a suicidal mission!

    • Night Crawler

      He should be impeached before next year, because he has destroy Nigeria beyond repair. Only APC with the help of God can help restore Nigeria

      • kingthorin

        SOS, is the ED missing for a reason? duh

      • stackCrawler

        That’s what I am seeing here as well, only APC can save us.

    • progressive

      This is a big shame to our democracy

    • Tabugbo

      The way out of this crisis is for every part to separate from the fake nation, although you cowardly failed to stand up for it 1967.

      • political_impasse

        One Nigeria always but mr President must go for a better leader.

    • kingthorin

      righttttttttttt…and you’ve been saying this for how many years?

      • stackCrawler

        Change is important for this country, Nigeria is blessed its just that the people we handed power to have no vision whatsoeve for this country, all they want to do is loot treasury. Pdp is a slefless party of criminal minds.

    • stackCrawler

      Well, good point.

  • Night Crawler

    Just yesterday, APC rallied about the impunity, corruption and killing of innocent children in the north, gej has caused another problem in the country, all because he wants to forcefully impeached Tambuwal from office. The only way to stop the impunity is to impeach him. There’s no other way.

    • kingthorin

      killing innocent children? you voted for him! just remember ‘he who lives by the sword will die by the sword”…lol (I believe one of yours just wrote that)….Some are afraid of dying but others not afraid of it, so expect a long war in ur country

  • kingthorin

    You voted him in and he’s your idol. Don’t cry here because you’re easily fooled…LOL

    • stackCrawler

      The time is near for him to be replaced.

  • Frank Bassey

    But it is the same APC that said it was unconstitutional to declare BH terrorist group? Are they trying to be wise now?

    • stackCrawler

      What on earth are you mumbling aboit?

    • political_impasse

      Frank Bassey, there is a limit to impunity. GEJ has shot himself on the leg.

  • political_impasse

    In decent climes, GEJ should be impeached for this action.

  • D-ONE

    when the time comes when this men would cause the war they have been preparing for all this social media talk will seize!!!!
    youths beware!!!! we dont have to leave our jobs and become street fighters!!!!! both pdp and apc do not mean anytin gud for the country!!!
    pdp simply want to clinch to power and apc simply want power at all cost!!!!
    both ambitions aint gud for the nation!!!!
    pls pray more!!!!! god should intervene!