Jonathan says PDP is the only party in Nigeria

President Goodluck Jonathan has described the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) as the only political party in Nigeria following the party’s ability to settle its differences amicably amidst plurality of views.

The President made this known at the 59th National Executive Committee meeting of the party in the Federal Capital Territory Abuja on Wednesday, where he re-emphasized the need for more unity in the party.

Giving a swipe at the opposition parties, the president chided that words of individuals were laws in opposition parties, adding that it was only the PDP that possesses the means of using dialogue to settle disagreements amongst its members.

“For now, the PDP is the only political party we have in Nigeria that does not have one person whose word is law. Most other parties have individuals whose words are the laws. In the PDP, there is no such person whose word is the law,” he said.

The President urged the National Working Committee of the party to ensure that unity continues to reign in the party no matter the kind of misunderstanding that rocks the party, saying “as a political party people will always disagree. There is no party where there wouldn’t be disagreement.”

Referring to the crises that rocked the party ahead of the primaries for the 2011 presidential election, the president noted that “the ability to disagree and our ability agree and take a common position” makes the PDP the only party in Nigeria.

“Despite the disagreement, finally we will always agree on a common cost.” “Our ability to agree and our ability to take a common position, our ability to allow people to make input is our strong point” he affirmed.

The PDP has been the ruling power in Nigeria since the advent of democracy in 1999.

The National Executive Committee meeting which was a valedictory session for the current executive members of the party also had in attendance the Vice president Architect Namadi Sambo and some (PDP) governors in attendance.

The President also congratulated the governors that were voted back into office and those that have won their cases at the Supreme Court and election tribunals.

He called on the governors to work hard at ensuring that unity continues to reign in the party across the states.

‘I will no longer tolerate non-performance’ Jonathan tells the police

President Goodluck Jonathan says he would no longer tolerate non-performance and indolence on the part of the Nigerian Police Force

President Goodluck Jonathan on Friday said that he would no longer tolerate non-performance and indolence on the part of the Nigerian Police Force “which has led to shoddiness in the discharge of their duties.”

The President said this at the inauguration of the Parry Osayande Presidential Committee on the reform of the Police Force at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Mr Jonathan, who spoke through Vice President Namadi Sambo, said the usual non¬chalant attitude by the police would no longer be tolerated and charged them to sit up and be alive to their responsibilities.

He asked the police to evolve ways of contending and stopping the “ever increasing tactics and antics of criminals in our society.”

He said the “time has come when the whole force should be re-examined and re-organised for efficiency and effectiveness.”

According to the President, the concern of government is to redress the rot in the police force and reposition it in a way it would be able to perform its constitutionally-assigned roles of timely detection and prevention of crime.

In his response, Mr Osayande admitted that the image of the police had descended to a point of indignity especially in the glaring failure of the police to discharge its expected functions and roles, which has led to high crime and miscarriage of justice.

He assured the government that the committee would do everything humanly possible to reverse the trend and expressed satisfaction with the determination of the government to turn things around for the Nigeria Police force.

Jonathan urges Boko Haram to come out and talk

President Goodluck Jonathan on Thursday challenged the violent Islamist sect Boko Haram to identify themselves and state clearly their demands as a basis for talks, while acknowledging that military confrontation alone will not end their insurgency.

President Jonathan

In an interview with Reuters at the presidential villa in Abuja, Mr. Jonathan also said there was no doubt that Boko Haram had links with other jihadist groups outside Nigeria.

“If they clearly identify themselves now and say this is the reason why we are resisting, this is the reason why we are confronting government or this is the reason why we destroy some innocent people and their properties … then there will be a basis for dialogue,” Mr. Jonathan said.

“We will dialogue, let us know your problems and we will solve your problem but if they don’t identify themselves, who will you dialogue with?”

But he cautioned that the crisis would be much harder to resolve than the now rested militant insurgence in the Niger Delta, which was largely defused in 2009 under an amnesty he helped broker.

Jonathan Calls for African Consensus on Political Stability

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan

President Goodluck Jonathan has said that to further enhance peace, political stability and progress on the continent, African leaders must adopt a consensus on certain issues and work collectively to achieve the developmental objectives of the African Union.

Speaking during talks with President Jacob Zuma of South Africa who is on a visit to Nigeria, President Jonathan said that greater effort must also be made to ensure that decisions taken by African Heads of State and Government under the auspices of the African Union are faithfully implemented.

The two leaders discussed recent developments in Libya, Cote D’Ivoire, the Democratic Republic of Congo and other parts of Africa.

They agreed that the African Union Summit should address these developments and take further action to facilitate peace and political stability in Africa.

Also Saturday in Abuja, President Jonathan received the outgoing Pakistani High Commissioner to Nigeria, Major-General Asif Duraiz Akhtar.

President Jonathan thanked General Akhtar for his efforts to strengthen bilateral relations between Nigeria and Pakistan.

The President told the High Commissioner, who was accompanied by his wife, that after completing a successful tenure in the country, he could now consider himself an honorary Nigerian Ambassador to the world.