Former Lagos State Governor and National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, who reacted to the development on Friday, said President Goodluck Jonathan’s government has lost its head and run amok.
“Having asked the Speaker to convene the House to consider extending the state of emergency in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states, the Jonathan government then deployed the nation’s Police to stop the fourth ranking citizen of the nation from entering his place of work.
“The President and his men have their hand written all over the invasion of the National Assembly. No Commissioner of Police will ever embark on such an action without the clearance of the Inspector General of Police and no IGP will order his men out here without approval by the Presidency.
The APC chieftain said the federal government cannot claim to be unaware of what the Police would do as “his gangster’s antic occurred almost at their doorstep. The Jonathan presidency can no longer play ignorant regarding the noxious things done for partisan ends”.
According to Tinubu, rather than give the Boko Haram’s continous threat to national security the priority attention it deserves, “the President’s men decided to turn the event into a partisan and embarrassing circus. Perhaps they saw this as a birthday present to Mr. President.
“But it is nothing but brigandage masquerading as governance. What this Presidency does not realise is how terribly it has exposed its pettiness and dictatorial penchant for elevating narrow political interests above the fate of the nation.
“There is little wonder the nation is losing ground to Boko Haram. This government has allowed and even welcomed the downward slide.
“The priorities of the Jonathan Presidency are as wrong as wrong can get. Their actions are devoid of national purpose. They reek of pungent ambition. A weakness of character now permeates national leadership.
“This Presidency leaves the nation’s grave problems unattended yet have the rashness to create new ones by trashing the nation’s democratic institutions and mocking constitutional checks and balances. The most notable achievement of the Jonathan government has been to bring democracy to its knees. This is not the hallmark of a President but the work of a potentate.
“While enjoying the taste of this cheap tactical victory, it is hoped Nigerians and the international community are sampling the bigger picture. In trying to quash the opposition by all means necessary, this government unleash forces they do not even recognize let alone be able to control them”.
“We have provided suggestions on fighting the group and winning the hearts and minds of the people. Had the Jonathan government taken these suggestions, things would not be as they are today. This government scoffed at our help”, he said.
He added: “The Jonathan Presidency is a government that has lost its head. This government has run amok and has jettisoned all sense of proportion.
“The nation now faces two threats. One is Boko Haram’s attack on the people. The other is the Presidency’s attack on the people’s democracy. As such, a state of emergency now exists in Abuja, in Aso Villa itself because of this breakdown of democratic governance.
“Jonathan and his men are the reason for the state of emergency. It seems that the only way this emergency shall be lifted is for this government to perpetuate itself in office. The removal of this government from office shall not be done with military power, armed might or police brutality. Their ouster will come from a nobler source: the power of the people and their want for democratic good governance”.
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