ACN says Jonathan’s trip to Brazil is a sign of insensitive and confused leadership Reviewed by Momizat on . The Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) has strongly criticized President Goodluck Jonathan for embarking on a trip to Brazil for the UN Conference on Sustainable The Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) has strongly criticized President Goodluck Jonathan for embarking on a trip to Brazil for the UN Conference on Sustainable Rating:
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ACN says Jonathan’s trip to Brazil is a sign of insensitive and confused leadership

The Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) has strongly criticized President Goodluck Jonathan for embarking on a trip to Brazil for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development at a time, when according to the party, “Nigeria is facing what amounts to a national emergency, as citizens continue to die from gun and bomb attacks in several cities.”

Jonathan's trip to Brazil is a sign of insensitive and confused leadership….ACN

The party in a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said the decision by the President to travel two days after dozens of innocent Nigerians, including women and children, were killed or maimed by suicide bombers in Kaduna state, is a “sign of insensitive and confused leadership.”

“It said the fact that the trip was announced by the presidency as the Yobe state capital, Damaturu, was being terrorized by attackers raised serious concerns about the Jonathan Administration’s commitment to the security and welfare of the citizenry, which is the rason d’etre of any government” the statement read.

According to the party, the President should have cancelled the trip as a symbolic act of a caring leadership and out of respect for the souls that were lost – and are still being lost within the space of a few days, wondering: whether the President has become helpless and inured to the fate of his compatriots.

”Again, we are constrained to ask whether this President is getting quality advice from the myriad of aides surrounding him, or whether, like his benefactor, Olusegun Obasanjo, he has decided he may not even take any advice from his advisers.

”In other climes, the usual thing is for leaders to cancel foreign trips or rush home from such trips when their countries suffer tragedies.

Citing examples of world leaders that have cancelled trips to global events, the opposition party noted that, ”in April 2010, Chinese President Hu Jintao cut short his Latin American tour and returned home after a strong earthquake hit the west of China. This year, South Sudanese President Salva Kiir returned home early from his visit to China, due to the rising tension along the border of his country with Sudan, and even a phone-hacking scandal was enough for British Prime Minister David Cameron to cut short an African trade tour and return home in 2011.”

”Since our own President has not even left Nigeria when these latest tragedies broke, it is inexplicable that he will still hop into a plane with a huge entourage and fly out. He should realise that he is attending the conference because he is the President of Nigeria, not because he is Dr. Jonathan.”

Therefore, Nigeria’s paramount interest dictates that he stays at home and oversees efforts to prevent the precarious situation in Kaduna from degenerating into an all-out religious war,” the party said.

Triggering ethnic and religious crisis

The party also expressed its concern over the worsening daily terrorist attacks that have continued to take deadly tolls on human lives, in Kaduna and Yobe states.

The party urge security agencies to now look beyond Boko Haram, and consider the possibility that some elements are hell bent on triggering an ethnic and religious crisis in the country, thus making it ungovernable.

”Are there elements within and outside the Jonathan Administration who may be benefitting from this mindless killings?” the party asked.

ACN also expressed its worries on why the nation should be bedevilled with escalating security collapse, despite government’s massive budget for security.

More questions raised by the party are:

“Is the recent escalation linked to the huge sum of money (almost a quarter of the budget) allocated to security in the current budget?”

“Are there fifth columnists within the Jonathan Administration who are fuelling this crisis, considering that the President himself has said his government has been infiltrated by Boko Haram?”

These and other questions must be answered by security agencies as part of efforts to end this festering crisis,” the statement concluded.

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  • Dr. J. Hope

    Since the PDP-Jonathan administration assumed office, we have endless attacks on place of worships, massive looting of our nation’s treasury, poor roads, unstable power supply, armed robbers and kidnappers operating at will; massive unemployment among our young graduates, unrest in Delta and threat of Boko Haram and other social menace. By now if President Jonathan and his PDP political bandits are interested in running the country, they should have do that effectively long time ago. A real political party and leader will take each of the items enumerated above one by one and pursue it to a successful completion. It will take six to twelve months to provide adequate security for all Nigerians if the Jonathan led PDP government is serious about the lives and property of all Nigerians at home. What the President should do is to mobilize all the resources of the federal government to address the current security nightmares from the Boko Haram, armed robbers to the Niger Delta insurgent.  It can be done within three months with coordinated attacks from the state and local government and Nigeria will be a secure country once again. The Jonathan led PDP government will never do anything about the security situation until all Nigerians at home do something about the intolerable social, economic and political condition in the country. The massive unemployment of many young graduates in Nigeria is unacceptable and can be addressed if the looting of the treasury by the Jonathan-led PDP government is over with. The amount of money that Nigeria is wasting on the office of president and the national assembly if sliced in half is enough to repair, reconstruct, and rehabilitate all federal roads; provides adequate power supply, and refurbish our tertiary education system from the southern Nigeria to Northern Nigeria, and from the eastern Nigeria to western Nigeria. You see, we can do it if we have the right person and the right political party at the helm of affairs in Nigeria.

  • vengeance

    ACN is getting 2 cheap 4 my liking…m sure sb in Fashola’s mind wld nt open mouth this way.

  • Otlutiano

    God save ours from GEJ non active government.

    • INHH

      52year of independent, 38year were rule by the North and remaining years for  other parts of the country. So when will God come to save you? So called Otlutiano I hope you are not daft.

  • Alexdick002

    this is just a country where d leadership has no regret or respect for human lifes, have u ever seen this happen in advance states,this president is one of the worst ever president nigerian ever has,so confussed,dommy an soo on.even pple around him are just foolin him,like at it now an educational behaving like dis.

  • Alexdick002

     now d issue of boko harram, are we not saying dis is religion crisis, why can dey go to mosque an do same if believe that is not religion crisis, well let dem come to south by den dey we know wat next.

  • http://www.facebook.com/fidelischidozie.inyiama Fidelis Chidozie Inyiama

    I feel ashamed the comments of those, who call themselves Leaders of the  opposition parties.My dear
    Alhaji Ali Mohammed, the instances of natural disaster cited by you is not  to  be likinged to  the self inflicted terror to the Nigerian citizenry. I wounder how you forgot so quickly ,that this was not the first blood barthe of our brethrens by the  misinformed Boko Haram Sect. Your concern now was the retaliation of the meek,and you now considered the terror unleached on  the citizenry worrison. You the opposition should start to think-out better programmes to improve the Nigerian Nation, if you claim to have a sincere motive and be seen to be making sincere effort to check the excesses of the un-informed youths and their Foreign colaborators.  

  • http://www.facebook.com/osaigbovo.aigbiriabe Osaigbovo Aigbiriabe

    it beats my mind that we have become so callous and take the most important things for granted. GEJ travelling for the interest of the same people that are being mobbed everyday. its a shame for GEJ. does he really care the same people he swore to protect are being killed? i pray this country dont become something else.

  • Ejue

    “The party urge security agencies to now look beyond Boko Haram, and consider the possibility that some elements are hell bent on triggering an ethnic and religious crisis in the country, thus making it ungovernable” can you just hear that? When they started, they thougt they were tormenting Jonathan, now even themselves who started the fire are finding it impossible to control it. According to JP Clarke, “CASUALTIES are not only those who are dead, those who started the fire but cannot put it off are also CASUALTIES…” Very soon, I mean very very soon it will bumerang on them. JUST WATCH & SEE!

  • Nonso

    Boko haram should plain how to get rid of Johnathan either by assassination or planting a bomb in his plane  this is needed to clam the situation.

    • One Nigeria

      Haba Nonso! Why Jonathan? Let them start with National and House of Assembly, then the Evil Genius and all those criminals that have held Nigeria by the throat for a long time, then the can use Jona for desert! ..LMFAO!!!

    • Ibecan05

      NONSO MY BROTER, I THANK GOD U ‘VE ACCESS 2 D NET BUT, AFTER TYPING UR PIECE, PLS, DO INVEST SOME GOOD TIME IN CONSIDERING D MESSAGE U WANT 2 SEND 2 D WORLD WIDE WEB [ D WHOLE WORLD]. CHEERS!

  • DK Boy

    They can go on killing each other. Nigeria must move on whether ACN likes it or not. You cant set your house on fire and cry loudest…ACN should tell us when they want to stop BH activities…

  • One Nigeria

    The fisherman that had no shoe when he was young is confused and lack focus! The only good thing he can do now if he is wise is to make sure that there is no Nigeria left for those who want to use violence to push out his corrupt and ineffective government so they can take over power and also continue in Jona’s corrupt, ineffective but very lucrative governance business. The answer is simple, instead of planning of 2015, let him do just one good thing for Nigerians, call a sovereign national conference, let us part peacefully. I love my country but some times a painful surgery is required to assure better health!

  • emilo

    Minus Fashola (SAN) and Adams (COMRADE), ACN is a noise-making party, ACN is notice-me party, ACN is a one man business profit-making party seeking for relevance but forgetting that relevance doesn’t come with cheap criticism. Let ACN face and tell buhari, babangida, atiku, namadi sambo, tambuwal, northern senators, northern reps, northern governors, northern emirs and their imams to stop their people/children/youths from wasting blood. God created blood sacred and precious

  • INHH

    Water finds its level, may be that’s how nature want to reduce the population and poverty level in the northern part of 9gger. In the mix of these persons like   buhari, babangida, atiku, namadi sambo, tambuwal, northern senators, northern reps, northern governors, northern emirs and their imams just to mention but few opportunist, what they are thinking of  is 2015, to be president and rulers of 9gger instead of sourcing means to stopping the so call boko haram  activities. Critically viewing these persons are the god fathers of this boko and harams. In fact GEJ more strength to your work, when they tired, they will come to their senses and stop disgracing Nigeria out the world. 

  • Princeq2comb

    ACN, THIS IS NOT HOW TO PLAY POLITICS PLSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS, ALL U PEOPLE NEED TO DO IS TO HELP TO BUILD A BETTER NIGERIA NOT TALKING ABOUT THE PRESIDENT TRIP TO ANY COUNTRY COS OUR PRESIDENT HAS SAID HE HAS SECURITY MEN THAT RE WORKING ON THAT EN THAT IS TRUE, COS THE PRESIDENT CAN NOT BE IN THOSE PLACES AS SECURITY PERSONNEL TO FIGHT . LETS WORK TOGETHER TO BUILD A STRONG COUNTRY .  ONE NIGERIA! WE RE ALL ONE!! WE RE ALL FRIENDS!! EN WE HAVE JUST ONE NIGERIA !! THANK U EN GOD BLESS

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