APC welcomes Jonathan’s directive on #BringBackGoodluck, demands end to TAN rallies

The All Progressives Congress, APC, has described as a good first step the order by President Goodluck Jonathan for the removal of the #BringBackJonathan, which is a mockery of the #BringBackOurGirls hashtag that has helped to call global attention to the fate of the over 200 girls who were abducted by Boko Haram almost five months ago and remain in captivity.

In a statement issued in London on Wednesday by its National Publicity Secretary, Lai Mohammed, the party, however, said the president made a mockery of his administration and his country by waiting for an international condemnation of the shameless and brazen usurpation of the #BringBackOurGirls hash tag before issuing the directive for it to stop.

“Had the US newspaper Washington Post not written a stinging editorial skewing the Jonathan administration for appropriating the BringBackOurGirls hashtag for his re-election, the administration would have continued its brazenness without regards to the feelings of the parents of the girls or indeed the Nigerian people,” the party said.

”Again, the Administration has waited for a global opprobrium before doing what is right. Recall that it took an international media campaign before the Jonathan Administration acknowledged, after all of 19 days, that the Chibok girls were missing in the first instance. Recall also that it took a 17-year-old, Yousafzai Malala, to make the President realize that he should meet with the parents of the girls, even if he eventually insulted the grieving parents by inviting them to Abuja instead of going to visit them in their abode? It is important that we don’t make a mockery of our own people, so that we don’t become an object of international mockery,” it said.

APC said belated as the president’s directive on #BringBackJonathan hashtag is, it is a good first step that must be quickly followed by another directive ordering the so-called Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria, TAN, to immediately stop its rallies that have offended the sensibilities and intelligence of Nigerians.

The party said the noisy and sycophantic rallies being held across the nation, ostensibly to collect signatures from Nigerians urging President Jonathan to seek re-election, contrast with the challenges currently facing the nation, which is being dismembered town by town by the terrorist group Boko Haram.

”Nigeria is in a state of war, a state of anarchy, a state of loss never witnessed since the end of the unfortunate civil war in 1970. Terrorists are capturing towns after towns and hoisting their flags over the seized territories, Our troops are engaged in an epic battle to ward off the terrorists. Our people are being daily slaughtered by the marauding terrorists. And Ebola is very much here with us.

”Therefore, this cannot be the time for festivities and celebrations, the type being orchestrated by the government under the TAN banner. The rallies insult the troops who are battling Boko Haram. The rallies insult Nigerians who are fervently praying for the unity of the nation in the face of the madness by the marauders. The rallies offend the sensibilities of the families of our citizens who are being mowed down daily by Boko Haram. They must stop forthwith,” it said.

APC wondered whether the organizers of the rallies and those who have been mocking the #BringBackOurGirls campaigners know that Nigerians are not fools, hence can see the deceit, the callousness and the insensitivity of the Jonathan administration in secretly funding the rallies and the anti-BringBackOurGirls campaigns.

”Really, what makes the president and his backers think he should be brought back? Is it because he is presiding over the dismemberment and humiliation of a once proud nation? Is it because he presides over an administration that is monumentally corrupt, that cannot account for 20 billion dollars in oil money; that cannot successfully prosecute anyone over a 1 trillion oil subsidy fraud? Is it because of an unparalleled incompetence that has led to a massive decay in infrastructure and lack of jobs for our youth? Or is it because he has exposed Nigeria to unprecedented global ridicule?

”There must be a limit to the desperation of a President to win re-election at all cost. There must be a political price to pay for a President who would wilfully subvert the Constitution he swore to uphold. There must be some introspection by a President who will be jetting around with an alleged sponsor of terrorism. As we have warned before, when a drum is beating too hard, it is about to burst. President Jonathan must take a moment to reflect, to realize that he can only preside over a country that remains whole, not one that has been fractured or bombed out of existence by terrorists,” the party said.

Lai Mohammed
National Publicity Secretary
All Progressives Congress (APC)


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  • TRUTH MASTER

    I join the APC in commending the President’s directive. It is perhaps the best thing this President has done in a long long time.

    But if the TAN rallies continue, even as Boko Haram is decimating Nigeria, then it is up to us – Nigerians – to act against the President. We voted him into office, and we can vote him out. We the voters are the masters and no one should dare us!

    Those rallies really offend my sensibilities. They must stop now!

    • the truth

      do you know apc was rallying while condemning pdp rallies. you must be blind not to see the double standards employed by apc.

      • TRUTH MASTER

        I am not your type. Get off my post!

        • the truth

          you are definitely not my type, because i am not as st**pid and d*ft and
          cant see how apc is hoodwinking gullible individuals like you

        • damaster

          You are obviously not his type because you seem to hate the word ‘truth’. Lie Mohammed has come out again to tell GEJ to stop rallies but they were in Sokoto State yesterday rallying. Or that does not count for anything? It is annoying when people are comfortable living by double standards. I know you so well. When someone says some factual statements that you could easily crosscheck, rather than admitting the truth, you start throwing invective and insults at the persons. I have observed you have problems with people having views contrary to yours. I expect you to respond with your normal casting of aspersions. You are so predictable.

          • TRUTH MASTER

            So you want the President to continue holding rallies while all others go to bed? That’s what leadership is all about. Had he respected his own directives, no one dares flout them. Now that he has not, it is Open Sesame!

          • the truth

            so two wrongs make a right. how can you preach what you dont do. for your rabbit hole brain, do you remember before the bombings in abuja apc were in kano, sokoto and the north central rallying, who forgets the picture of tinubu holding the broom and sweeping in kano and the moment pdp scheduled its own rally apc came out saying it was wrong for pdp, but i guess it was right for apc. the truth is not compromised

  • the truth

    while buhari, atiku, tambuwal, and kwankwaso rally jonathan should halt. u think nigerians have forgotten when you made a statement for jonathan to stop the rallys in kano and he refused there was bombing in abuja, when he refused to cancell his rally in port harcourt you sent the 2nd abuja bombing and he cancelled it, now you have issued this statement again. the irony of it is while you lie lie mohammed was making all this claim for jonathan to stop his scheduled rallies you were rallying yourself in kano, ekiti and osun. hypocrite. u have now moved your headquarters to london. these old men wont let the younger ones take over

    • Gnwatch

      Haha. Nawa for these jobbers. Will President of other country dance Azonto while calamity befall his country or will any responsible leader allow rally or large gathering of people in areas where Ebola virus is reported? Let’s not play or toy with what can consume us all oo.

      • the truth

        bro will a major opposition party call for end to rallies while it is itself partaking in rallies. its just like here in the states the republican party goes to press and says the president is insensitive and blasts him to stop rallies for his reelection, but the republicans at the moment of issuing that statement are rallying round the us.even before started his rallies apc was doing theirs, remember lai mohammed warned jonathan not to have a rally in kano, while he did theirs a week earlier and the next thing we heard a day to the planned rally there was a bomb blast in abuja, to them this is a political game. ask yourself a question why is that any time apc does its rally you don’t hear bombings, but whenever pdp wants a planned rally in which jonathan would attend there is a bomb blast. the simple answer to frustrate this government. jonathan has cancelled more than 4 rallies in which he would attend to this tactics, now apc is warning again. please save this post as we all know what may be coming

        • Jones

          You are one of those sent to the US by ‘Dia is godooo’. Why not remain in your Otuoke creek and write your rubbish? Ewu, real Ewu

  • damaster

    APC demands end to TAN rallies because of Ebola but they held a rally in Sokoto yesterday. They didn’t consider the possibility of that leading to Ebola outbreak in the north. Hypocrites

    • TRUTH MASTER

      If the President won’t respect his own directive, why should anyone? The rally in Port Harcourt came after Ebola landed in the city. To the best of my knowledge, there is yet no Ebola in Sokoto.

      • damaster

        And since the rally in PH, has there been any exponential growth in ebola incidents in Rivers State? The answer is most certainly no. So do we have to wait for Ebola to be reported in Sokoto before we do something about stopping its spread to that region?

        • TRUTH MASTER

          Let the President respect the directive he issued when he ordered no big rallies….when he was declaring Ebola a national emergency. What is wrong with that?

      • the truth

        u see how myopic and an a**hole you are. how can apc say no to all rallies as it is insensitive to the nigerian people and they are doing their own rallies, are you this st*pid.

        • TRUTH MASTER

          By their language you will know their class!

        • SB

          This forum is for sane people not road side pdp e bigot like your humble self.

      • SB

        Well said!

    • despecial1

      And who are they campaigning for?

    • Gnwatch

      This is illogical as APC didn’t condemn TAN rally in Ibadan Oyo State. I think the rally in Portharcourt was condemned because of reported case of Ebola in d city. Let’s leave politics for politicians and get our president to behave as president and state man.

      • damaster

        How illogical could you be when you do not get your facts straight. This is part of the statement released by APC today from their London headquarters “…

        ”Nigeria
        is in a state of war, a state of anarchy, a state of loss never
        witnessed since the end of the unfortunate civil war in 1970. Terrorists
        are capturing towns after towns and hoisting their flags over the
        seized territories, Our troops are engaged in an epic battle to ward off
        the terrorists. Our people are being daily slaughtered by the marauding
        terrorists. And Ebola is very much here with us.

        ”Therefore, this cannot be the time for festivities and celebrations,
        the type being orchestrated by the government under the TAN banner. The
        rallies insult the troops who are battling Boko Haram. The rallies
        insult Nigerians who are fervently praying for the unity of the nation
        in the face of the madness by the marauders. The rallies offend the
        sensibilities of the families of our citizens who are being mowed down
        daily by Boko Haram. They must stop forthwith,”

        That was APC’s statement released today, asking TAN to stop all rallies. But APC held a rally in Sokoto State yesterday with Adams Oshiomhole and other APC bigwigs present at the rally.

        So Mr. Man, get your facts straight before you talk. As you said, let’s leave politics out of it, APC should practice what they preach. Besides, the President of Nigeria MUST be able to multitask. Other sections of Nigeria must not stop functioning simply because of reported violence in other parts. As much as we commiserate with victims of violence, Nigeria must not grind to a halt. Government activities must continue.

        • Pee

          Government activities such as mockery of #BRINGBACKOURGIRLS which has become #BRINGBACKJONATHAN2015.

          • damaster

            That shows your level of intelligence if that is the only ‘government activity’ you are aware of.

          • the truth

            please don’t answer him again, they bail out when confronted with facts. and any view that opposes theirs is quickly brought down. not independent minded. we criticize pdp and apc, we shelve tribe, political affiliation and say the truth as it is. but they are blinded and don’t want to entertain opposing views. stay blessed.

          • change 2014-2015

            I think gej is not been advise very well

          • change 2014-2015

            I think one of the gej adviser are the one that bring up another group to disrupt the bring back our girls

        • change 2014-2015

          Nigeria have never for once not happy with pdp the way they are ruling the country.

      • change 2014-2015

        Is it the right time a group called themselves TAN and be embarking on rally it total unlawful.

    • Pee

      Is there any case of ebola in sokoto? The answer is no.APC have the right to hold rallies since pdp led government refuse to comply by its own directives regarding boko haram..

      • damaster

        This is where common sense ends. Is there any Ebola in Delta, Edo, Kogi, Anambra States? The answer is No. Then why should schools in these states be made to resume on 22 September like the schools in Rivers and Lagos?

        • Pee

          The common sense your messiah jona refused to apply in his dealings.

          • change 2014-2015

            I think he is been deceived.

        • change 2014-2015

          So what are you trying to say. The fg government ate not been active they caused this problem of Ebola thank God for lagos state governor for bring active with his work.

      • change 2014-2015

        Apc have the right to embark on rally pdo have failed nigeria. I hope it won’t be a suprise to them when they get to loose general election come next year.

    • change 2014-2015

      I think TAN rally have been so suspicious with the way they go about with their rally

  • SB

    I salute the APC for commending Mr jonathans directives although the pdp led government should not have waited this long to call its foot soldiers to order.

    • change 2014-2015

      I think it a big shame on them. It shows that they don’t know what they are doing.

  • thewatcher

    Goodluck Jonathan, is it only America that can make you do the right thing?…It is very unfortunate that we have a man as this as our leader.

    • change 2014-2015

      It shows that he does not know what he is doing.

    • Naijadecision

      very very unfortunate, gej has shown himself to the whole world that his very incompetent.

      • redeem

        how long did it take the yankees to rescue their hostages-in syria-u must be either ibo or yoruba————-ati fulani who do no want to let the people of the SS go–Nigeria is over 54——-show us the heads of state that tried to improve the lot of the masses without taking a kobo from oil–just one president

    • redeem

      go and put tinubu there for just 6 months and ask him hours later about my oil revenue—-which u have refused to have my people control—————and u will know which of them is better———————my pity goes to the people of the SS—who do not know their left from their right in Nigeria with regards to resource control———–land use decree———-ati the petroleum acts—–its as if they just went to the national confab to warm benches there————-very sad for the unborn generation who may be forced to carry guns again——————to protect their resources————that is what our national politics is about—————————none is about us——-how to steal my oil revenue is what is upper most in their janjaweed minds-

  • Pee

    My attention has been drawn to a pdpig who calls himself the truth. You are one of the reason why Nigeria is the way it is. Your use of language shows your person. Kudos to the apc for standing on the side of nigerians.

    • the truth

      apc for standing for the truth? now take a pause and reflect. the same party that is contradicting itself. i posed some questions which you never answered or had the mitigating guts to reply back. i ask you again. can you preach what you don’t do apc calls for pdp to stop rallies which is commendable due to the current situation in nigeria, but how can this same party be conducting in sokoto yesterday. i would draw your attention to the bombings in abuja where hundreds innocent citizens lost their lives. prior to that bombing apc conducted rallies in kano, kebbi, sokoto and ekiti, a day to the pdp rally in kano lie mohammed issued a statement saying jonathan should not come for the rally as he should consider nigerians plight and what happened there was a bombing at the motor park in abuja, jonathan went to kano and was highly condemned as been insensitive. fast forward a month later lie mohammed, tinubu and buhari were in port harcourt for a rally and it went smoothly, but jonathan and dp were planned to come to liberation stadium and this same lie mohammed came out saying jonathan should shelve his plans of rally in ph. when jonathan insisted we had the 2nd abuja bombing. this made jonathan cancel his trip to port harcourt. this tactics has made jonthan cancel more than 4 trips or rallies were he would be present. now are these points invalid or valid, and should people reason.

      • change 2014-2015

        I think this is the right time nigeria should take apc so serious this is a party that have shown nigeria that they see ready for change.

        • Nikki

          It’s only fools like you that thinks so
          We all know what is happening and all these go to show that APC is an evil and senseless party
          Politicking all over the world is based on issues
          It’s not based on propaganda, lies , promoting terrorism as being promoted by this rascals called party
          It’s evident that they will stop at nothing to destroy the country
          They have no idea the damage their foolishness is doing to our dear country

        • redeem

          only a donkey will take them serious—————-with the loans they are taking from the banks daily——school fees nko—— ibegi

      • redeem

        APC is newspaper based————–they sleep and wake up on the news–stand daily————————–the trouble with PDP is that u hardly see them go on the attack–they always wait for APC to chase them from pillar to post—if the 1.6b oil contract that tinubu got had come from PDP–the entire country would have been set on fire–the editorials by Washington post concerning the bringourgirlsback yeye–hashtag—was penned by APC——–they wrote it and sent it for publication——–that is the way lai mohamed operates—-with the PR firms APC hired abroad—————–my worry is that–the media team with the president—are yet to- wake up—their ideas——-them need to do more———–than they are doing now——arrange visits with the media to the war zone—s————-if possible higlights the achievements of the president–road projects–rails—how they were b4 and now—-not these yeye janjaweed hash tags—————they have the tools–but sadly—they hardly use them–to protect the president————-APC is a party of hypocrites—–they have the media in their pockets———-they conduct rallies——–up north—————–now they say Jonathan should stop his and concentrate on the chibok girls that APC used boko haram to kidnap———–with their fly by night janjaweed ideas————to enable them score cheap political points—for their fulani backers in Niger republic ati chad——————–

      • Magaji Shehu

        Mr Pee..abi Mr Poo..see question here for u ooO!
        Abi is it too hard??
        Some of us are watching oo..

    • change 2014-2015

      This is a total shame for pdp it shows that their federal lead government is under pressure to remove his bill board.

  • the truth

    its been over 10 hours since cnn, bbc and aljazeera reported and
    confirmed that nigerian military forces killed over 50 militants and
    have recaptured michika, uba and gulak towns even local papers like
    vanguard and daily news has carried this news. please premium times why
    haven’t you still carried the news. but i bet you the second boko haaram
    strikes a town it would be front page.

    • change 2014-2015

      Apc as a party have notice this government several times what he has been embarking on is not what nigeria need.

      • the truth

        change from what former pdp members who joined a different party. the same ragolis water poured into swam bottle container doesn’t make that water now swam. tell me one apc politician that you sincerly believe is out for the well being of nigerians.

        • Naijadecision

          it does, so are you saying pure water and eva water not different, young man pls look for any other meaningful statement.

          • the truth

            bro with all due respect did you take time to understand my analogy.i did not say anything about pure water. what i was trying to say is if you take a ragolis water and empty the water contents into an empty swam bottle, that water’s content is still a ragolis water even if it is on a swam container now.

          • Don Baba Messi

            NawaO! Are you trying to be funny or your IQ is so low?? The guy said Ragolis water poured into swan bottle DOES NOT make it become Swan water. And you said it does??? Don’t you realise that the composition of the Ragolis water poured into the Swan bottle remains the same?
            Chai!! Abeg, if you have a way of deleting that comment, I suggest you do so quickly! Please stop showcasing daftness on the World-Wide-Web!

            *however, I am of the opinion that APC’s reasons for calling for the end of the TAN rallies are just frivolous and petty. APC claims the rallies go against the mood of the nation..but they also do same.
            What I would expect them to say is that going by INEC time -table, it is not yet time for campaigns. Truth of the matter is, the TAN rallies are undeniably campaigns for GEJ..which is wrong. What is right is right..and what is wrong is wrong. Unfortunately in Naija, right is wrong..and wrong is right.
            Let our arguments be based on issues..and not sentiments..period.

          • Ken

            TAN rallies are not campaigns but publicity! In a campaign rally you will see different people carrying diff banners calling for voters to vote for so and so candidates. In this case, they are just sensitising the people to get ready to support GEJ. Apc does that too

    • redeem

      u will be waiting for mohamed to appear if u think–such will be the concern—–of sharia reporters ati PT

  • D-ONE

    we ll see where all this will end! naija will not get any better if we dont tackle the true issue and get it rite. it is well with naija!!!!!!