The All Progressives Congress (APC) has urged Nigerians to hold President Goodluck Jonathan responsible should the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) spread any further.
The party noted that the president failed to stop on Saturday a rally in his support in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, despite warnings from individuals and groups.
In a statement yesterday in Lagos by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, APC noted that never before had a president sabotaged his administration’s policy and endangered the lives of his compatriots as Dr Jonathan had done over the issue of EVD.
It said the same president who declared a national emergency on Ebola and advised against large gatherings to prevent the spread of the virus was the first to flout his own advice by his failure to stop the rally by the so-called Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria (TAN) in Port Harcourt, a few days after the virus was detected in the city and at a time that contact tracing was on going to locate all those who may have had contact with the medical doctor victim of the disease.
“On the altar of political desperation, President Jonathan put the lives of Nigerians in danger. In order to realize his ambition for re-election, President Jonathan has shown he is ready to sacrifice as many lives of Nigerians as possible. There goes the president’s statement that his political ambition is not worth the blood of any Nigerian. This president simply says what he doesn’t mean.
“As we said in our statement of Aug. 28th, 2014, calling on President Jonathan to halt the TAN rallies, especially the one in Port Harcourt, could anyone guarantee that none of those who have had contact with the medical doctor who died of the disease will attend the rally? That is why we are calling on Nigerians to hold the president responsible if Ebola spreads more than it has in the country”, APC said.
The main opposition party said shortly after it made the call for a halt to the TAN rallies, others, including the NBA and Prof. Itse Sagay, in a clearly patriotic duty, issued similar calls.
“In fact, the APC in Rivers described such a rally most appropriately as a ‘firing squad against the people’. But because he will rather be re-elected than give a damn over the safety of the same people who voted him into office, because he will rather transmogrify than transform, President Jonathan ignored all the calls and allowed the rally to hold. This is an unprecedented act of political desperation”, it said.
APC said for those who might try to spin the issue by saying the president has no control over the organizers of the rally, they should be asked who the rallies will benefit; whose top officials, including secretary to the government, Sen. Anyim Pius Anyim, have been attending the rallies and what is the source of the funding of the gatherings.
“The TAN rallies are government-sanctioned.
“The TAN rallies are the Jonathan administration’s cunning way of beating the INEC ban on campaigns for next year’s general elections.
“The TAN rallies highlight the impunity of the Jonathan Administration. President Jonathan is the sole beneficiary. He can stop the rallies today, if only he wants to put the nation’s interest above his own personal interest”, the party said.