Jonathan, God’s greatest gift to Nigeria, Moro insists
CONTRARY to what some Nigerians would rather hear, Goodluck Jonathan’s emergence as the President of Nigeria is a great blessing to the country, the Minister of Interior, Comrade Abba Moro, has said.
Moro, during an interview in Abuja, said that Jonathan effectively used the transformation agenda as a vehicle to launch Nigeria on the path of progress and development. He said: “Let me tell you that the greatest gift that God has given to the country today is Mr. President, Dr. Jonathan Jonathan.
“Dr. Jonathan inherited from past administrations moribund social infrastructures. Our roads were impassable, our hospitals, as they say, were mere consulting units. At a point, some of them were not even qualified to be consulting institutions. Our schools lacked direction, and at a point, the standard of education was nose-diving at a very alarming rate.
“Our airports were eyesores. Our drive towards providing sustainable, clean drinkable water for the people was non-existent. Our agriculture was nose-diving to a level that food insecurity threatened the nation. I can go on and on and on.”
However, he noted that the situation has changed for the better, adding: “What is just simply required is the goodwill of the Nigerian people, their support and cooperation to capitalize on this launch pad to development that the transformation agenda has provided for Nigeria.”
He expressed confidence that Jonathan would win the forthcoming presidential election, noting that the candidate of opposition All Progressives Congress (APC), Maj.-Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (rtd), lacks the capacity to stage any major upset on Jonathan’s way to victory.
“Today, I have enumerated the various achievements of this present administration, even in the face of daunting insecurity in the country, the daunting distraction from the opposition. This government has remained focused and building on the very foundation that it has laid to take Nigeria to the next level of development,” he said.
Arise predicts Jonathan’s victory, cautions Fayose
Also, former Senator Ayo Arise has predicted victory for President Goodluck Jonathan in the March 28 polls, just as he said the President cannot be solely responsible for the crises bedeviling the country, particularly the Boko Haram insurgency and dwindling economic fortunes.
The ex-Chairman of Senate Committee on Privatization also disagreed with the Governor of Ekiti State, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, over his consistent adverts that give a semblance of death wish to Buhari.
Speaking on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily Monday, Arise urged Nigerians to vote en masse for the re-election of President Jonathan for continued transformation of Nigeria in all facets.
He said he agreed with some analysts that failure of the past leaders led to the insurgency in the northeast of the country, but that President Jonathan took over power on May 6, 2010 and could not be solely liable for the Boko Haram attacks.
Arise argued that Jonathan’s re-election would certainly bring about economic renaissance to our nation, saying the current economic depression resulted from the global economic recession.
According to Arise, the country will benefit more from Jonathan’s sense of patriotism and commitment to nationhood if re-elected because, “our President is not the type who believes in media propaganda about achievements while in office because he believes the primary aim of any government is to provide basic amenities like good roads, robust housing sector and well paying employment.” he said.
“President Jonathan’s administration has resuscitated the moribund railway system, provided employment for our teeming youths in form of Youwin and SUREP, among others, construct thousands of kilometres of roads, like the ongoing Ibadan-Lagos Expressway, among other landmark achievements.”
Taraba PDP rejects ministerial nominee
Meanwhile, coalitions of organized fora within the Taraba State chapter of the PDP has rejected the choice of Senator Joel Ikenya as minister-nominee, saying it is a political miscalculation that could rob the party of victory at the polls.
In a protest letter to President Jonathan and the PDP National Chairman, Adamu Mu’azu, the group said it is unfair and ill-timed for the PDP to nominate Ikenya from same Southern Taraba that produced its governorship candidate, Darius Dickson Ishiaku.
Signed by leaders of PDP Fans Club, Ahmed Sani, PDP Concerned Members, Mrs. Christy Jushua, PDP Taraba Youth Congress, Mr. Peter Ezra, Goodluck Sambo Support Group, Mr. Musa Adi, and Abuduallhi Adamu for Neighbor-to-Neighbor 2015 in Taraba, the letter noted that “available records show that since 1999, there was never a time a gubernatorial flag bearer and ministerial nominee came from the same zone in Taraba State.”
They wondered if the party does not want the support of northern and central zones, which incidentally have the highest number of eligible voters with PVCs.
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