President Goodluck Jonathan is losing supporters and endorsements to Muhammadu Buhari too much these days. What is the Jonathan doing wrong that Buhari is doing right ahead of the election?
The militant Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) on Tuesday threw its support behind the presidential candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC), General Mohammadu Buhari, saying Goodluck Jonathan does not deserve “a second more” in the office of President.
MEND warned: “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. 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…
“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?”
A statement signed by Jomo Gbomo 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 Jonathan and its strong belief in General Buhari as the man and change the country needs at this time.
The militant group challenged every Niger Deltan to ask themselves if the region is any better under Jonathan than it was under a sick Late President Musa Yar’Adua. “We are convinced that the people of the Niger Delta have woken up to realise that voting Goodluck Jonathan simply because of tribe, was the biggest mistake they made.”
Jonathan is “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.”
It recalled that Jonathan, since assuming 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.
“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 Jonathan on his government’s plan to fight corruption, adding that it not only smacked of ignorance to the highest order and just too late.
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.”
Towards the forthcoming election, MEND 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 Mohammadu Buhari is the change the Country desperately needs,” it declared. “For our Freedom and Yours