The opposition All Progressives Congress, APC, has accused the Goodluck Jonathan Administration of sponsoring ethnic militias to foment trouble before, during and after the forthcoming general elections.
The APC alleged that the N9 billion recently paid out to some ex-militants and ethnic militias was aimed at mobilizing them to scuttle the polls
In a statement issued in Lagos on Sunday by its National Publicity Secretary, Lai Mohammed, the party said the protests by MASSOB last week seeking the sack of INEC Chairman, Attahiru Jega, was orchestrated by the administration as part of its continuing efforts to sabotage the elections.
It said the next group mobilized to protest against Mr. Jega and the use of card reader was the Oodua Peoples Congress, which is also a beneficiary of the N9 billion payout ostensibly for pipeline protection, but in reality, was to prepare the ethnic militias for their reprehensible role in scuttling the elections.
The APC said more ethnic militias are to be enlisted by the Jonathan administration to continue the protest against Jega and the card reader, in order to give the impression that Nigerians want Jega sacked and are also against the use of card readers.
The party expressed sadness that a President, who inherited a united nation, has done everything he can to divide the country along ethnic and religious lines, including patronizing ethnic militias who serve no other purpose than to champion sectional interests at the expense of national unity.
It wondered why President Jonathan would pay N9 billion to a handful of people at a time of great economic downturn and falling naira, as well as in a situation in which many states cannot even afford to pay their workers because of dwindling allocation from the Federation Account.
”A profligate government that has been bribing people with dollars and ferrying huge funds around practically to buy votes has outdone itself by paying out all of 9 billion Naira to a few Nigerians, with less than three weeks to the elections,” it said. “Shortly after the payment, some self-serving groups started organizing protests that, for all intents and purposes, are being orchestrated to scuttle the polls. This is a shameful show by the federal government.”