President Jonatha’s New Year Day message, disturbing — CRG


The Centre for Rights and Grassroots Initiative (CRGI) may have expressed serious concern over President Goodluck Jonathan New Year Day speech, stating that certain aspects seemed to indicate”complicity of Mr. President in the violation of the constitution.”

The body in a statement signed by its Executive Director, Nelson Ekujumi, said it was particularly disturbed by a general allusion to use of threat or blackmail, especially where President Goodluck Jonathan said he would no longer condone violence like he had done in the past.
“After the 2011 general elections, some unpatriotic elements embarked on an orgy of violence, resulting in the destruction of lives and property. That will not be allowed to happen this time around’.  For Mr. President to allow such infraction of the constitution to go unprosecuted, speaks volume of his faithfulness to his constitutional oath”, the statement posited, stressing that as a highly educated President, Mr. President must be aware of several options before him to entrench sanity.

“For the education of Mr. President, we want to inform that there are enough provisions for citizen’s conduct in our constitution that we don’t need threats and resort to blackmail. What statesmen do in civilized climes is to empower and ensure that the law enforcing agencies perform their statutory functions unlike what obtains now in the country in which impunity is the order of the day.

“As a result of this violation of the constitution and blackmail by Mr. President, we at (CRGI) would like to use this medium to call on the Organized labour, Civil Society Organizations, Religious, Professional bodies and other public spirited individuals and groups to please be on the alert to defend the democratic rights of Nigerians which is under threat.

“We would also like to call on the international community to beam its searchlight on Nigeria and hold President Goodluck Jonathan accountable to his words of ensuring the conduct of a free, fair and credible elections as well as respect for the rights of citizens as guaranteed under the constitution. 

“As we celebrate the first day of the year 2015, we at Centre for Rights and Grassroots Initiative (CRGI) want to admonish Nigerians to be bold and not be intimidated because this is a society built on the rule of law which is constitutionally enshrined.

“We also want to encourage Nigerians to braze up for a new year in which we are hopeful that no matter the circumstances, we shall weather the storm together as a people united in destiny for the general good”, the group concluded.


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