Reuben Abati, Senior Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to President Goodluck Jonathan, has asked a former Minister for Foreign Affairs, Professor Bolaji Akinyemi, and others like him to direct their concerns on next year’s election to “those who had openly threatened fire and brimstone over the elections.” Abati made the comment in a veiled reference to the All Progressives Congress, APC.
Speaking to the Punch, Abati said President Goodluck Jonathan would not sign any undertaking based on concern that violence might mar the 2015 election.
Abati said, “The President does not need to sign an agreement for him to achieve something that he is fully committed and of which he has been very consistent.
“Free, fair and credible elections constitute one of the major legacies of this administration for which President Jonathan is proud of.
“He proved the point in the conduct of the 2011 general elections and it is public knowledge that every election that has been conducted under President Jonathan’s watch has been successful, free, fair and credible.
“Even when it is an election which the opposition is the winner, he has always been the first to congratulate the opposition.
“In his messages to Nigerians as the head of the nation, he has always called on the professional political class and the society in general to eschew violence because for him, he has always said that nobody’s blood is worth his ambition.”
Abati said people like Akinyemi and other Nigerians should be worried about those who had openly threatened fire and brimstone over the elections.
“The people that we should be worried about are the people who have been openly threatening fire and brimstone over an election that they have not yet participated.
“You were in this country when one character said that they will form a parallel government. You were in this country when another character said that heaven will fall if they do not win the election.
“You were in this country when some characters claimed that they have already set up a cabinet over an election which they have not yet participated.”