Jos Violence: Call your supporters to order, Presidency tells Buhari

The Presidency and President Goodluck Jonathan’s Campaign Organisation have condemned the burning of vehicles belonging to the organisation in Jos, the Plateau State capital.

Two buses belonging to the organisation were destroyed and burnt down at Zololo Junction along Bauchi Road in Jos North Local Government Area of Plateau State on Saturday by persons allegedly shouting “Sai Buhari” and “Baba Buhari oyoyo.”

Security operatives on Sunday announced the arrest of persons suspected of involvement in the act.

In a statement on Sunday, the Special Adviser to President Goodluck Jonathan on Political Affairs, Rufai Alkali, said the burning of the vehicles has demonstrated the level of the desperation of the opposition and their plot to intimidate others out of the political space.

He said the incident would not deter Mr. Jonathan from ensuring free and fair elections were conducted nationwide next month.

“We have observed a dangerous trend of politically motivated violence unleashed on innocent Nigerians by supporters of those who have shown desperation to assume political power at all costs,” Mr. Alkali said.

“While we are not surprised by acts of desperation already shown by these people who have no articulate agenda for nation building, we are amazed at how quickly they are willing to manifest their evil intentions on our dear country.

“The incidence in Jos, Plateau State where our campaign vehicles were torched by irate youth supporters of the APC underscores the need for vigilance as we progress towards the General Elections. This criminal behaviour, which is meant to intimidate others and deny them their freedom of choice, stands condemned.”

The presidential aide said leaders whose utterances and conduct had encouraged this kind of behaviour must bear full responsibility for this.

He said with the way things are going, it would “seem the ultimate agenda of making Nigeria ungovernable as prophesied by these politicians is underway.”

Mr. Alkali further alleged that, “In carrying out this unpatriotic behaviour, they wish to first of all discredit the electoral process and set the stage for an orgy of violence once they fail in the elections.

“Nigerians are well aware of these antics and are fully prepared to protect their rights to freedom of choice.

“We condemn the acts of violence in Jos, Plateau State and also condemn the threats to violence in every other part of the country.”

He reiterated that the Federal Government is determined to ensure no Nigerian was prevented from campaigning in any part of the country. He, therefore, called on the law enforcement agencies to protect and guarantee the safety of every Nigerian legitimately canvassing for votes all over Nigeria.

“We invite law enforcement agencies to note the pronouncements of desperate politicians who are bent on fanning the embers of hate and threaten the peaceful conduct of the 2015 elections.

“We once more wish to reiterate the commitment of President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan to a peaceful and rancour free electoral process. He has said times without number that his ambition is not worth the blood of any Nigerian.”

Mr. Alkali also called on the members of the PDP and supporters of the president to exercise restraint and show maturity even in the face of extreme provocations.

“We must show a difference in our conduct and prove to agent provocateurs that we have the temperament and composure to tolerate dissent without decent to mob action,” he said.

He warned politicians to desist from this vicious circle of lies, rumours, intimidation and violence.

Also, the PDP Presidential Campaign Organisation, on Sunday condemned the Jos incident.

In a statement, the organisation’s Director of Media and Publicity, Femi Fani-Kayode, called on the presidential candidate of the APC, Muhammadu Buhari, to call his supporters to order and ensure a violence-free election.

It warned Mr. Buhari and the APC not to prepare the ground for the re-enactment of the post-election violence of 2011.

“It is on record that General Buhari’s utterances since 2011 have fuelled violence especially the post-election violence in parts of the north which claimed the lives of many youth corps members who were deployed as ad-hoc staff members for that year’s election,” the organisation said.

“It is sad that up till now General Buhari has refused to apologize to the Nigerian people for that barbaric and shameful incident or show any remorse for the actions of his supporters. He could not even bring himself to tender an apology to the families of those young corps members that were hacked to death and murdered in cold blood by his agents.

“As if that was not enough tragedy unleashed on the polity, General Buhari recently said that the ‘baboon and the dog would be soaked in blood if what happened in 2011 repeat itself in 2015.’

“The Jos attack on the campaign buses of President Goodluck Jonathan would appear to be a pointer to what the opposition APC presidential candidate is planning before and after the February 14 presidential election.”

The organisation called on well-meaning Nigerians and members of the international community “to speak forcefully against this development, which threatens our elections and democracy and which falls way below the standard of best international practices.”

None of the two statements made mention of the fact that Mr. Buhari had condemned the attack on the Jonathan campaign buses.

In a statement released few hours after the attack, Mr. Buhari said “I have received news of violence in Jos today. I condemn this violence in its entirety. I reject any supporter who resorts to violence.”


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  • amazing2012

    Rivers, Okrika APC office bombing, Jonathan call your terrorist to order !

    • Otile

      What do you say about sleeping with good virgins in Aljinat? You likam, ba?

  • greenlight774

    Less we forget…..A former Minister of Aviation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, has said that the shooting that took place in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, during the rally organized by the Save Rivers mobilization group of the APC, is an indication that President Goodluck Jonathan is leading Nigeria to hell. He, however, said that the President must know that no amount of intimidation would silence the voice of opposition in the country. The former minister, who said this in a statement in Abuja on Sunday, described disheartening.He said, “The attack on Senator Magnus Abe and other members of the APC in Port Harcourt today by Nigeria security agents is disheartening and exceptionally dangerous. “Just a couple of days ago Kwankwaso’s father was attacked and some of his people killed in Kano by unknown gunmen. Such wickedness, intolerance and evil is rarely seen. “Let those that believe that they can silence the voices of the opposition with threats of violence and death be rest assured of one thing – we cannot be intimidated and neither can we be silenced.” He said the country was told about the training of snipers and list of opposition figures being drawn up for assassination, but regretted that policemen were now openly attacking the same Nigerians and opposition figures that they are being paid to protect. He said, “The President is leading Nigeria on the road to hell. The madness, the attacks, the killings, the insults, the persecution, the wickedness, the impunity and the intimidation has to stop forthwith or else the consequences will be grave for the continued unity of our country. “ FFK

    • Omo Akin

      This is the precise reason President Jonathan failed woefully in every indices of governance. The appointments he makes says a lot about how he thinks. You just quoted FFK. The President had to woo FFK to his side and he now heads a directorate in Jonathan’s campaign. Does Jonathan not know that FFK has no electoral value and is viewed as a nuisance by most reasonable Nigerians? If you doubt it, ask the widow of the late Ikemba of Nnewi. Just look at those who surround the President.

  • bluesky

    Shame on this fake professor who did not rush to the press to condemn the shooting and bombing of opposition members in River State. What a childish and hypocrital government is this that only cry out foul as victims when their interest is in jeopardy but rejoices at the pain of others. It’s high time Nigerians to show this good for nothing government a red card.

  • endingNaija

    Rufai Alkali the special adviser to Mr. Goodluck Jonathan on political affairs has issued an irresponsible statement for the following reasons. First let me say the Jos violence is unacceptable and must be condemned. It is babaric and primitive. The perpetrators must face the full wrath of law.
    1. These two acts of violence are (i) Rivers state as perpetrated by PDD-human beings were shot at during APC rally. (ii) Akure, Govs Mimiko and the thug in Ekiti Ayo Fayose had earlier claimed that they CONTROL the police and the army. When the APC had a Walk for Change in Akure,Ondo Gov Mimiko and Ekiti thug, Ayo Fayose used the police to DISRUPT the peaceful Walk for Change in Akure.
    2. The presidency, Mr. Rufal Alkali, President Jonathan did not say a word about Rivers state and Akure violence. They did not condemn them.
    3. It is on record that Buhari condemned the Jos violence.
    Therefore, this is double standard on the part of the Nigerian presidency. IT IS IRRESPONSIBLE FOR THE NIGERIAN PRESIDENCY TO CONDEMN ONE VIOLENCE WHILE IGNORING THE OTHER-FULL STOP. Mr. Rufai Alkali’s statement is therefore SELECTIVE and hence IRRESPONSIBLE. Any challenge to this position must deal with the facts I stated here.

    • naijawatchman

      I agree with you totally. Selective justice is no justice. An angry father will only breed angry children. Watch the president campaign so far and all you will see is an angry and bitter president struggling to muzzle the opposition. If care is not taken, these outbursts will become a good reason for the presidency to postpone the election.

  • AJM Baikie

    Commentators should be wary of what they say and the kind of comments they make in forums like this.

    • mk

      Good saying, its necessary to say this at this time..we are not helping out but inflaming.

    • Dogood

      @ Baikie:

      You are right. Nigeria is in a very dangerous situation. APC appears bent on violence.
      APC’s advance notice of forming parallel government is declaration of war by implication.

  • tundemash

    So Buhari is responsible for every breadth his supporters take in, every food they eat, every word spoken and every action taken ?
    And so by same logic, GEJ ordered the shooting of APC supporters in PortHarcourt last week ???????
    And by same logic, GEJ ordered the raid on APC Data Centre by the useless secret PDP police DSS ???
    And by same logic, GEJ flooded the online forums with e-rats ?????

    • Otile

      By same logic, Imam should show his genuine Standard Six cerificate.

  • Truthometer

    This is PDP engineered crisis. They are so afraid of the coming defeat in the next election. But, no matter they do, change is coming to Nigeria.

    • Otile

      Kai. What are you doing here at this wee hour, still up? You must be hiding in the United States trying to incite APC people at home. Go to bed, let peace reign.

  • Usman Mohammed

    I see no reason why the irate mob burned the vehicle if this continue violence will escalate through out the country. Youth are leaders of tomorow but the present leaders spoil them by telling them to keep violence and bitterness inside their heart. Sad as it is only fools can do such kind of violence

  • Usman Mohammed

    @truthmeter how sure are u? May be u didnt understand but PDP are the victims

    • Stomach Infrastructure

      Bro, you need to understand the inner working of PDP’s nest of killers. The more you look, the less you see. I’m not joking. The truth will soon be glaring to everybody. It’s a matter of time.

  • Rommel

    Meeeeennn! this is bad,this is not right,this has to stop

  • simon tor gideon

    Good talk from Mr president.Why didn`t you condemned the attack on innocent APC members who were coming for Buhari`s campaign in Portharcourt last week?Are you saying these are not Nigerians with the right to support and elect whom they wish to be thier president?You are talking now that vehicles that have no life are lost.shame on you

  • burning spear

    The crisis in rivers state was not against Buhari—as a person –so put on your janjaweed thinking cap for once–these acts of violence in Plateau state—–was arranged by APC to enable the fulanis from Chad vent their anger on the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria–THAT IS THE ISSUE AT STAKE——BUHARI was never attacked–his campaign vehicles were not destroyed by any—–so stop your childish rubbish here–for heavens sake————-The Ogonis who fired at Amaechis convoy knows why they did it————————was buhari not in Bayelsa state—who spat on his face or lighted matches and threw it at his vehicles-

    • endingNaija

      Reno Omokri na burning spear, you are a clown, dishonest and dubious person. Given that your party PDP and President Jonathan have been exposed because of their selective and their irresponsible statement from the character and political jobber called Rufai Alkali, you are trying to spin the irresponsibility of the presidency and Alkali in condemning one violence and looking the other way in earlier violence conducted by PDP. You were not even honest and comprehensive enough to talk about the one in Akure perpetrated by PDP. The selective and irresponsible way the Nigerian presidency under President Jonathan acts on issues of violence where it closes its eyes to PDP violence and shouts to heavens on APC violence may be the reason we have this increased violence. This selective judgment on the part of the Jonathan govt may be deliberate so as to stop the election. No one is happy when he is attacked by PDP and the Jonathan PDP does not talk only to start talking when his own party is attacked. I think Nigerians should closely watch this Goodluck Jonathan trend so that the APC and other parties do not play inot the hands of a sinking Jonathan govt . The APC people do not need to go violent in response to PDP violence. Why? This is what PDP and Goodluck Jonathan want in order to cancel the election. The APC and Buhari have the votes to defeat Goodluck Jonathan PEACEFULLY. So they should not play into Jonathan’s hand at all by responding to the violence of Goodluck Jonathan’s thugs.

  • charles peters

    Buhari should be arrested and charged.

    • endingNaija

      While Mr. Goodluck Jonathan should be jailed right away for the Rivers and Akure violence.

      • talk4change

        You are right my brother that GEJ barking dog…. That arrange thugh to tarnish the imAge of is opposition…… Rubbish man that doesn’t hAve anything to say again than to tarnish the Image of GMB infact it suppose to be life imprisonment

  • talk4change

    Mr GEJ don start is nonsence talk oooo, everything happen to him is Buhari, by the way who is responsible for the bomb blast in north after ur campaign bus where destroy by youth that you did not create job for……. Meanwhile you are just talking rubbish when you don’t have any agenda for us…… GMB is the man we need.

  • favourtalk

    Let someone talk better and maybe, we can listen nit the trash and confused man speaking without direction. sorry to bother some people who have no hope with nigeria but I am on eof them that believed that Nigeria will be great again and in this, we wants a better leader and our nation to be in a capable hands. We can’t just continue like this. We are tired, we need a fresh breath of air