President Goodluck Jonathan is hell bent on returning for a second term in office by any means necessary, towards which end he is massively bribing militant groups throughout the country to cause chaos, before, during and after the rescheduled election.
This description was made today by the Coalition of Oodua Self-determination Groups (COSEG ) in a press statement signed by its chairman, Ifedayo Ogunlana and secretary, Rasaq Olokoba following an emergency meeting in Lagos. They said Mr. Jonathan’s objective is that should he lose next week’s election, Nigeria will know no peace.
COSEG held its meeting to discuss issues concerning the 2015 elections and yesterday’s walk by militia groups in Lagos to call for the removal of the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Professor Attahiru Jega.
It said that from intelligence it has gathered, many groups are being mobilised by the presidency through the office of the Special Adviser on Niger Delta.
COSEG stressed that insisting on the removal of the INEC boss a few days to the rescheduled general elections is unnecessary, diversionary and invitation to chaos.
“Let it be known to Jonathan and his handlers that Nigeria is bigger than any individual, no matter how highly placed,” the statement said. “The call for the sack of the INEC chairman some few days to the 2015 general elections is uncalled for, reckless and diversionary which may lead to anarchy."
It said that though COSEG recognize the rights of individuals to freely assemble and protest, it viewed the “show of shame” displayed by the OPC on Monday in Lagos as an insult on the people of Yoruba land, adding that the security agencies, like militia boys, were seen brazenly shooting sporadically into the air to scare away those journeying to their offices.
“Many of them could hardly make it to their offices due to traffic snarl caused by the open display of guns, machetes, charms and other dangerous ammunition,” the group said. “While we will not blame [the security agencies] for their partisanship, the open brigandage is uncalled for, inciting and irresponsible, especially under the cover of the security agencies."
The group further stated that the entire world should hold President Jonathan responsible for any break down of law and order before, during and after the general elections as he is seeking a second term in office by all means necessary, noting that the cover given to the gun-wielding militia on Monday in Lagos is a signal that the security agencies have been compromised.
Nonetheless, the group posited that the people of Yorubaland will determine where to vote irrespective of the antics of the anti-democracy elements masquerading as democrats, maintaining that the day of reckoning is around the corner.
“We want to make it clear to the dollar-sharing and desperate presidency that responsible and peace loving as well progressive Yoruba people who are in the majority do not have guns to wield round, but have permanent voters card to wield so as to vote out this tyrannical government that is desperate to rule over us again even without our consent,” COSEG warned. “The show of shame going in Nigeria [has] clearly shown that President Jonathan lacks the requisite ability to lead a nation like ours again, however, anyone who feels otherwise is either unpatriotic or corrupt who does not wish Nigeria well."