APC to Jonathan: TAN’s rallies are flouting Ebola control measures, stop them now!

FILE PHOTO: TAN's maiden rally in Awka mobilizing "Nigerians Demand..." for Goodluck Jonathan to declare for 2015 Presidency... Photo Credit: Tranformation Ambassador of Nigeria

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has called on President Goodluck Jonathan to immediately halt the rallies being
organized across the nation in his support by the Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria (TAN), saying the rallies
are jeopardizing Nigeria’s efforts to control the spread of Ebola.

“Mr. President, you said your ambition is not worth the life of any Nigerian. But the TAN rallies for your re-election are endangering the lives of thousands of Nigerians in these days of Ebola. Some things must simply transcend politics. This is one of them. Please stop the rallies now,” the party said in a statement issued in Ilorin on Thursday by its National Publicity Secretary, Lai Mohammed.

It said the President must in particular ensure that the rally slated for Port Harcourt on Saturday is stopped, in view of the spread of the Ebola virus to the Rivers capital and the fact that 100 people have been placed under surveillance there following the death of a medical doctor from a suspected Ebola disease in the city.

”If TAN goes ahead to organize its rally in Port Harcourt, can anyone guarantee that none of those who have had contact with the medical doctor will attend? It can only be better imagined the kind of danger that those who will attend the rally will be subjected to. Therefore, President Jonathan has a historic opportunity to put the well being of his compatriots above politics, for once,” APC said.

The party reminded President Jonathan of the statement he made on Aug. 8th, 2014, when he was declaring the Ebola Virus Disease in Nigeria a national emergency, thus: ”Religious and political groups, spiritual healing centres, families, associations and other bodies should, in the meantime, discourage gatherings and activities that may unwittingly promote close contact with infected persons or place others at risk.”

It also reminded the President that his administration has postponed the resumption of private and public primary and secondary schools across the nation as part of the measures to curtail the spread of the virus, wondering what message the same government was sending to Nigerians by allowing TAN rallies to continue.

”Mr. President, add this to the fact that Nigeria’s economy is losing millions of dollars to the Ebola disease, and you will realize that the need to control the disease supersedes personal political considerations,” APC said.

The party said the TAN rallies in Awka and Ibadan, and the forthcoming ones in Port Harcourt and elsewhere flout the advice by the President against large gatherings that can encourage the spread of the disease.

It described as untenable the argument that the rallies are not being organised by the government, hence the President has no control over them.

”Mr. President, you are the sole beneficiary of these rallies. Top officials of your administration, led by Secretary to the Government of the Federation Anyim Pius Anyim, have been attending the rallies. The signatures being collected by TAN are ostensibly to encourage you to run again. So this is your show,” APC said

The party wondered how President Jonathan can, on one hand, be complaining about the stigmatization of Nigerians by other countries over Ebola and, on the other hand, turning a blind eye when his supporters are doing things to flout the Ebola control measures put in place by his Administration.

”The embassies of the foreign nations in Nigeria are seeing all that is happening. They are seeing how the efforts of the federal government to control Ebola are being sabotaged by the supporters of the President. How then can we complain when our citizens are stigmatized abroad? How can we complain when the foreign governments issue travel advisories to their citizens coming to Nigeria? How can we complain when they start barring Nigerians from coming to their countries on account of the Ebola virus?

”This is why we are calling on President Jonathan to call his supporters to order today. We are also calling on all well-meaning Nigerians to prevail on the President not to endanger the lives of Nigerians simply because of his personal ambition,” it said.


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  • John green

    I wish he can listen…. Because lives always look to cheap to this big names and rulers at the center of the nation who are always goofing when it comes to money and properties only but for the commoners safety, noo is the answer. I pray we get it right very soon when it has already showed that we have an option to vote for a change after testing a failed government for 15years

    • redeem

      Its time APC is told to bazz off and get real with their janjaweeds brains–these are adults not school kids–

      • alao

        Georges Ruggiu of Nigeria is spewing venom again. Na wa for you.

        • redeem

          @wahala I can smell u one million miles away from yr jail house——-in news jersey———–monkey

          • alao

            Georges Ruggiu of Nigeria aka redeem must show himself. Remember monkeys are primates, so they have some degree of intelligence. What about pigs?

          • redeem

            The Department for State SECURITY Services (DSS) said the rejection of N14
            Million from governor Rauf Aregbeshola and the All Progressives Congress
            (APC) by its operatives in Osun state is responsible for the recent MEDIA
            ATTACK on the on the DSS.

            Spokesperson of the DSS Marilyn Ogar MADE the revelation today while
            briefing newsmen in Abuja TODAY.

            “The APC is making unfounded allegations on the DSS because our OPERATIVE
            rejected at total of N14 million extended to its officials.

            “They had requested the DSS to come and COLLECT N4 million for himself
            while N10 Million should be given to the boys , but our OPERATIVES
            rejected the offer.”

            ” Politicians can not entice our operatives with MONEY , we are well paid
            by the federal government so no body can entice us with MONEY no matter
            the amount. We are paid upfront before embaking on such operations; we
            spent N200 million preparing for the election so let no politician think
            they can entice us with MONEY.–Dem wan hide am abi

          • Guest

            @disqus_ReTOXJ1klM:disqus , you can never amount to 1/1000th the man jonathan is.

          • redeem

            The man is oyibo—–am i also oyibo–typical nigerian

          • John green

            You only waste ur time to defend jonathan that has failed already.. It’s obvious unless you want to join others to praise a failure, people like jonathan can never graduate from a polytechnic of nowadays if he consider himself to be a student….. He had failed nt only on security but in all aspect and no room for him again come 2015

          • Aminu

            John green, you can never amount to 1/1000th the man jonathan is.

          • Wähala

            It’s, ‘New Jersey’ not, “news jersey” as your gogoro-damaged mind thinks. I’m Omni-present on your minds at The Presidency… everybody who makes sense is suddenly@Wähala. Keep gulping Og!

        • redeem

          From January to July 1994, prior to and during the genocide, Ruggiu worked in Kigali, Rwanda as a journalist and producer for Radio Télévision Libre des Mille Collines (RTLM). Ruggiu had no experience in journalism and did not speak Kinyarwanda.[2][6] RTLM was one of the chief sources of extremist Hutu propaganda, broadcasting twenty-four hours a day and openly exhorting its audience to kill Tutsis and “disloyal” Hutus. Ruggiu personally wrote and broadcast much content of this nature, relentlessly egging on his listeners that the “graves were waiting to be filled”.[2] Ruggiu personally broadcast programs inciting Hutus to commit murder or serious attacks against Tutsi rebels, whom he called “cockroaches”.[7] He also encouraged persecution of these Tutsi, and moderate Hutu and Belgian citizens in the area.[1] Airtime filled by Ruggiu accounted for approximately 8% of RTLM’s broadcasts.[8]————WHO FITS THIS DESCRIPTION BETTER THAN U WAHALA–WHO CALLS THE PRESIDENT DUMBO–OGOGORO DRUNKARD

          • alao

            It is exactly what you are doing Mr Georges Ruggiu. I am glad you looked up the history of the fella. You should do same on other issues. Studying cleanses the soul. A learnered soul creates a mind free of violence and hate.

  • “The party wondered how President Jonathan can, on one hand, be complaining about the stigmatization of Nigerians by other countries over Ebola and, on the other hand, turning a blind eye when his supporters are doing things to flout the Ebola control measures put in place by his Administration.” We are tired of PDP’s poor governance, poverty and hopelessness. ?.. we want change. ?..

  • TRUTH MASTER

    It is to the eternal shame of Nigerians that their President continues to behave badly and they continue to condone him. We, Nigerians, are the bosses of these politicians, including the President. Why then must we allow them to continue to undermine us? Why must President Jonathan defy his own directive and we will condone it? Is this a Banana Republic or what?

    As we write, Britain has started the trial of an Ebola vaccine. The US is going to start soon. Their people are not the ones dying of Ebola. It is our people. Don’t we even have shame? Why should any decent person be talking of rallies at a time like this? Why???

    • redeem

      THIS IS WAHALA PERSONIFIED—————————-From January to July 1994, prior to and during the genocide, Ruggiu worked in Kigali, Rwanda as a journalist and producer for Radio Télévision Libre des Mille Collines (RTLM). Ruggiu had no experience in journalism and did not speak Kinyarwanda.[2][6] RTLM was one of the chief sources of extremist Hutu propaganda, broadcasting twenty-four hours a day and openly exhorting its audience to kill Tutsis and “disloyal” Hutus. Ruggiu personally wrote and broadcast much content of this nature, relentlessly egging on his listeners that the “graves were waiting to be filled”.[2] Ruggiu personally broadcast programs inciting Hutus to commit murder or serious attacks against Tutsi rebels, whom he called “cockroaches”.[7] He also encouraged persecution of these Tutsi, and moderate Hutu and Belgian citizens in the area.[1] Airtime filled by Ruggiu accounted for approximately 8% of RTLM’s broadcasts.[8]

    • djay

      Desperation to remain in power fuels it all and in the process bringing the country to disrepute.

  • the truth

    It is a shame that any view that is not in corolation with premium times agenda is not published.when apc gathered in osun it was no news.anything jonathan is wrong with apc and it’s media wing premium times

  • Wähala

    @Premium Times:
    You guys should have allowed evil @Deri to read my original comment before pulling it out of circulation. Wallahi, I no gulp odeku write’am… na free flowing lyrics from a clear mind. Sha, I said Dumbo should be sued before the International community and agencies like the WHO, CDC, UN and maybe, The Hague. Na Prof. Aittey I quote wey put me for trouble. The man said, “Nigeria’s leaders need psychiatric examinations” which is a recommendation for mentally retarded souls. He was reacting to the state of the Giant of Africa under Dr. Dumbo. Anyways, me still thinks the rallies are endangering hungra & gullible Nigerians’ health and must stop with immediate effect!

  • Timi

    The minister of health has said that anyone who wants to hold rally outside of church/mosque building should have permission from the Ministry of health. You see the state of your country now. This was what he said after they discovered a case in Port-Harcourt in view of the rally scheduled in Rivers this weekend for Jonathan. Nigeria, I hail thee

  • manager abiola

    Leave tinubu alone. .He’s trying to gain recognition but he has a drug case to answer

    • MichaelU

      long sleeves all the time. hahahahahaha

    • Churchill Roosevelt

      This Tinubu is soooooo hated by some.I guess because he heralded the blitz that swept away food for some people or probably because he is seen as being the arrow-head that brought APC or Buhari to Aso Rock.
      Hate him or like him,you can’t ignore his Innovative sense,smartness and intelligence.May be that is the confidence a lot of Nigerians have in APC.

    • Kunle

      Sometimes I wonder if some pple are educated. Tinubu is a man who travels all around the world and has never been arrested, A man who single handedly surprised the world by hoisting out an incubent president is trying to gain recognition? Haba, there is no illetrate yoruba man but I suspect one in you?

      • Cornelius Ogunsalu

        Again Kunle … what is being said is that Tinubu is trying to clean up his act and get recognition as a “legitimate and authentic” statesman without the blemishes attached to his name “around the world.” However, it is IMPOSSIBLE for him to do gain recognition as a “legitimate and authentic” statesman. He stole Lagos State BLIND … that right there is a FACT he has to deal with at some point or the other in his lifetime. My suggestion to him is to quietly fade into the background and be a behind the scene kind of politician from now on. It might help him to start giving back to the Lagos State Government everything he has STOLEN!

  • Cornelius Ogunsalu

    I would have found this view credible IF the issue of Nigerians living illegally in South Africa and committing all kinds of atrocious crimes involving trafficking of hard drugs (resulting in the rising drug addictions and deaths of South Africans,) had been fully addressed.

    • Kunle

      So it is not credible enough to send an envoy to ascertain ur claim of nigerians smuggling drug to SA? Pls read his article again, he did not write that the envoy should be sent to eat lunch and have tea breaks but to register Nigerian pains and find out what the causes might be. So if drug trafficking is a cause of the attack we will know and if its Nigerians that smuggle the drugs and u felt thats the cause, I wonder why other Africans were been attacked. We need to learn to be patriotic.

      • Cornelius Ogunsalu

        It’s not credible because he already KNOWS what those Nigerians involved in criminal activities have been doing for DECADES! It is all over the internet with videos on YouTube of all the criminal activities the world over that “Nigerians” are involved in. Based on my observations, many of those involved in legitimate and lawful activities are for the most part not affected. I am very patriotic … As a Nigerian who has lived abroad for nearly thirty years and KNOW what we Nigerians are notorious for, I implore ALL Nigerians to LOOK in the mirror and SEE what the world sees about us. Sending envoys to do WHAT? Yes … that’s all they would do, eat lunch and have tea breaks because they already have the answers BEFORE leaving Nigeria. The South African embassy in Nigeria will gladly provide that information FREE thereby we don’t spend money of paying envoys to take unnecessary trips! LOL!

  • Sanmi Falae

    Brilliant idea because being a hands-on approach, it would open a line of on-going communication and give assurance to the Nigerian community in SA; their relatives in Nigeria; and the South African government. Moreover it would relieve the Nigerian community there that they are not alone or on their own. It would also keep the SA government on their toes by ensuring improved security for them – knowing that they are directly accountable to the Nigerian government over their security. It is also not confrontational, triumphalist, or affect Zuma’s leadership standing within and outside South Africa : As Jonathan Goodluck’s approach has done and quite rightly infuriated Zuma thus putting our community there at risk. Jonathan Goodluck should please go away.

  • bikky

    Agba,your writeup is an excellent one which I think our leaders should check and work on in order to create good working relationship, in fact not only with SA but other countries where we have Nigerians facing difficult situations.

  • IchieBart

    Tinubu the ever crooked eyes green snake very dangerous and manipulative, praising SA government because they helped in frustrating GEJ administration, God will surely visit Tinubu and coy with iron chain Lord have mercy.

  • otapete

    My thinking is that Tinubu who seems a good head hunter should assist Buhari in putting up a team that will help our country to the level that South Africans will be looking for work in Nigeria
    Please stop this inferior thinking that other countries have a magic that we do not have. We need to be visionary. Nigeria has more potential to be much better than SA

  • Afroyinka

    Voice of Reason in a maddening crowd that Nigeria has become over this issue. Nice reasonable piece from Ahmed Tinubu