Stop making inciting political statements that could destabilise the Country, President Goodluck Jonathan Tells Politicians
By Festus Fifen
Nigeria President, Goodluck Jonathan has cautioned politicians and political parties to desist from making unguarded, inciting and inflammatory statements that could jeopardise Nigeria’s nascent democracy, describing such statements as only good for fostering disunity and heating up the polity.
President Jonathan said while declaring open a one-day All Political Parties and Stakeholders Summit held in Abuja the Nigeria Capital.
With the theme Inter-Party Collaboration, National Stability and Democratic Goals, the summit organised by the Office of the Special Adviser to the President on Inter-Party Affairs, and Office of the National Security Adviser to the President is aimed at creating a common ground for political parties for the advancement of democratic goals
Jonathan therefore warned leading politicians and other interest groups against making unguarded statements capable of creating chaos before, during and after the 2015 general elections stressing such unguarded utterances fester the embers of discord, bitterness and rancour, warning that the “unfortunate development play into the hands of extremist elements waging a vicious campaign of terror against the state.
The President noted that Article 7 of the Political Parties Code of Conduct, 2013 warned political parties or candidates against resorting to the use of inflammatory language, provocative actions, images or manifestation that incite violence, hatred, contempt, or intimidation against another party or candidate, or any person or group of persons on grounds of ethnicity, gender or for any other reason.
Chairman of the occasion General Abdulsalami Abubakar (Rtd) during his opening speech emphasised that the role of opposition in any political setting is to help check the excesses of the government attributing the current situation in the country to be the problem of lack of trust by politicians and mutual suspicion.
He therefore advised political stakeholders especially political party spokesmen to be mindful of their statement so as not to send wrong signals to enemies of democracy urging them to join hands together to solve the problem of insecurity in the nation rather than playing blame game.
Speaking earlier the Special adviser to the President on inter party Affairs Dr. Ben Obi said the summit is a platform for participants to agree on ways and mechanisms to engage in inter-party collaboration that is positive, issues based and rancour free for the preservation and consolidation of the Nigerian Democracy.
On his part the National security Adviser Col. Sambo Dasuki (Rtd), noted that the country cannot development under a tense atmosphere of political rivalry and insecurity.
The summit was well attended by political stakeholders and political party representatives some of which are the National Leader of All Progressives Congress and a former Head of State, Gen. Muhammad Buhari (retd.), a former Vice President, Dr. Alex Ekwueme, a former Deputy Head of State and General Chief of Staff, Commodore. Ebitu Ukiwe (retd.), representatives of former President Shehu Shagari, including the Chairman, Peoples Democratic Party, Adamu Mu’azu. Formal Chairman of the PDP Bamanga Tukur, some state governors, former governors, and party stalwarts