- Says Jonathan has failed Nigerians
- Presidency, PDP mum
By Umar Muhammad Puma with agency report
The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) has rejected President Jonathan of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and endorsed presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), General Muhammadu Buhari ahead of the February 14 election.
The group in a statement issued yesterday and signed by its leader, Jomo Gbomo said President Jonathan has failed the Niger Delta region therefore he does not deserve a second term in the presidency.
He said the group’s decision to support General Mohammadu Buhari arises from the pathetic state in which the country has been put by the government of Mr. Jonathan and its strong belief in General Buhari as the man and change the country needs.
“It is very clear that the Niger Delta region now regrets voting a corrupt and incompetent leader who they believed would bring transformation to the region, in spite of our earlier warnings about Goodluck Jonathan,” MEND said. “He (Jonathan) has only succeeded in infecting the region with poverty, corruption and mal-administration. This is our chance not to repeat this costly blunder of 2011.”
“President Jonathan does not deserve a second more in the presidency as soon as his tenure expires as he has continuously and blatantly disregarded the very people who voted him into office.
“A President that told Nigerian to their faces that he does not “give a damn” when asked to declare his assets. A requirement that is constitutional on assuming the office of the President.”
He stressed that Jonathan, since assuming his office, has setup countless number of “Committees”, none of which their reports has ever been implemented. From the Nuhu Ribadu report to the KPMG and Fuel Subsidy reports, just to mention a few.
“How can Nigerians expect a highly corrupt person like Goodluck Jonathan to fight corruption when he believes that “stealing is not corruption”, as he shamelessly told the Nation?” the group asked. “He has proven beyond all reasonable doubt, his inability to tackle corruption or prosecute a single government official in his six (6) years in office.”
MEND described as “laughable” the recent statement by Goodluck Jonathan on his government’s plan to fight corruption, adding that it not only smacked of ignorance to the highest order, but also shows just how stupid he thinks Nigerians are.
It pointed out that Jonathan has had six years to tackle corruption but chose to shield corrupt government officials and joined in the looting of Nigeria’s resources now has the temerity to say his government “has a plan” to fight corruption, describing it as a big slap in the face of every single Nigerian.
“We re-state our disregard and lack of confidence in President Goodluck Jonathan. Rather than address the perennial issues in the country responsible for his administration’s failures, he is concentrating government funds in a campaign of misinformation intended to hoodwink Nigerians who, unfortunately for him, are now wiser and smarter than he is.”
The group urged Nigerians to ignore the empty threats and provocative comments from political thugs parading themselves as “ex-militants” and “Freedom Fighters”.
“These spineless cowards want Nigerians to believe that there will be no peace if Goodluck Jonathan is not re-elected into office despite the billions of dollars spent on the “Amnesty Programme” to reform these miscreants,” it said.
“Nigeria needs change, the Niger Delta needs change and General Muhammadu Buhari is the change the Country desperately needs,” it declared. “For our Freedom and Yours.”.
“MEND commends General Muhammad Buhari for his plans, when elected as President, to scrap the so-called ‘Office of the First Lady’. This is obviously an irrelevant, fraudulent and unconstitutional office, whose only purpose is to further plunder the resources of the country.
The militant group said the First Lady’s office apart from serving as the conduit for plunder; the office is irrelevant, fraudulent and unconstitutional.
Mr. Gbomo noted how Mrs. Jonathan narrowly escaped being charged to court for attempting to launder stolen money to the United Kingdom, barely a few months after the husband was sworn in as president.
He said a former Governor of Delta State, James Ibori, failed to escape the long hands of the law and was arrested, prosecuted and jailed in the UK for the same offence Mrs. Jonathan got a reprieve.
Mr. Gbomo lampooned Mrs. Jonathan for her initial criticism of the #BringBackOurGirls campaigners and accused both the president and the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, for continuously exploiting national tragedies for political gains.
He said the party and the government twisted the Boko Haram insurgency for political gains while also exploiting regional and religious sentiments as strategy to cover up their failure to rein in the bloody group.
The group accused corrupt government officials and those it described as “pot-bellied generals” as well as the military Joint Task Force and the Nigerian Navy for aiding the multi-billion dollar oil theft in the Niger Delta region.