The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, on Wednesday maintained that President Goodluck Jonathan would continue to remain committed and sensitive to the welfare of Nigerians in spite the insurgency ravaging parts of the country.
This is contained in a statement issued by the PDP national publicity secretary, Olisa Metuh, in reaction to a statement by the All Progressive Congress, APC, portraying the President as ‘heartless’ for attending a party rally in Kano a day after the explosion in Nyanya which left scores dead and over 100 persons wounded.
Metuh maintained that the APC`s statement was another demonstration of the party`s support for terrorist agenda against the country.
He said that contrary to the allegations by APC, Jonathan had continued to be sensitive and responsive to the welfare of Nigerians, adding that the plan of the opposition party to impose reign of terror in the country had failed.
Buttressing claims that Jonathan was sensitive to the plight of Nigerians, Metuh recalled that the president cancelled his planned trip to Ibadan on Monday to attend the centenary birthday celebration of the Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Odulana Odugade, as a result of the bomb blast.
He said that the president also visited the scene of the blasts and the injured in hospitals and gave directives on the matter.
Metuh recalled that after the Dana crash of June 3, 2012, the Nigerian flag was flown at half-mast, while the president and his entire cabinet refrained from celebrations.
“It is common knowledge that those behind the attacks seek to impose a reign of terror in our country, to cow the president. They also seek to dictate the tempo of government and ultimately shut down governance,” he said.
He maintained that the federal government would not in any way be cowed or intimidated to abandon its mandate, saying that Jonathan had remained committed to the welfare and security of Nigerians.
Also backing the President’s actions, the minister of Information, Labaran Maku, said Jonathan’s presence at PDP unity rally in Kano a day after the bombing was not an of act insensitivity but rather “a loud statement that terrorists can never stop this country from moving and from working.”
Maku noted: “One thing that terrorists want is to paralyse the society and to make sure that they keep you and I at home, frustrate every normal activities of society. They will continue to do it again and again, so that when they strike, government stops and everything stops, they will be very happy.”
He said Jonathan has “suffered psychologically” as a result of the serial mindless killings carried out by terrorists on innocent citizens and that the intention of those behind these wicked acts, among others things, is to set people against the government, to demoralise and disrupt the administration from achieving its set goals.
Maku appealed to politicians not exploit the suffering of the people just to score cheap political points.