OPC’s Armed Protest: Jonathan Wants To Set Nigeria On Fire If He Loses, Says COSEG

Nigeria President, Dr Goodluck Jonathan has been accused of being hell bent on returning for a second term in office by any means necessary thus massively bribing militant groups across the country to cause chaos, before, during and after the rescheduled elections, so that if he loses, Nigeria will not know peace .

This allegation was contained in a press release by the Coalition if Oodua Self Determination Groups (COSEG ) signed by its Chairman, Ifedayo Ogunlana; and Secretary, Rasaq Olokoba; after an emergency meeting of the group in Lagos on Tuesday, 17th March, 2015 where issues bothering on the 2015 elections and the recent walk carried out by militia groups in Lagos on Monday, 16th March, 2015 were discussed.

The group disclosed that from its intelligence gathering, many groups are mobilised by the presidency through the office of the Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta, stressing that insisting on the removal of the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) boss few days to the rescheduled general elections is unnecessary, diversionary and invitation to chaos.

According to COSEG, “the desperation of President Jonathan is taking a dangerous dimension with the massive mobilisation of militia groups across the country to cause trouble before, during and after the rescheduled general elections. Let it be known to Jonathan and his handlers that Nigeria is bigger than any individual, no matter how highly placed. The call for the sack of the INEC chairman some few days to the 2015 general elections is uncalled for, reckless and diversionary which may lead to anarchy”

Continuing, the group stated that, “though we recognize their rights to freely assemble and protest, we however view the show of shame displayed by members of the Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC) on Monday, 16th March, 2015 in Lagos as an insult on the people of Yoruba land and the security agencies as militia boys were seen brazenly shooting sporadically to scare innocent citizens going to their various places of work. Many of them could hardly make it to their offices due to traffic snarl caused by the open display of guns, machettes, charms and other dangerous ammunition. While we will not blame them for their partisanship, but the open brigandage is uncalled for, inciting and irresponsible, especially under the cover of the security agencies.”

The group however stated that the entire world should hold President Jonathan responsible for any break down of law and order before, during and after the general elections as he is seeking a second term in office by all means necessary and that from the cover given the gun wielding militia on Monday, 16th March, 2015 in Lagos, it’s just a signal that our security agencies are compromised”.

The group however posited that the people of Yorubaland will determine where to vote irrespective of the antics of these anti democracy elements masquerading as democrats, maintaining that a day a reckoning is around the corner.

“We want to make it clear to the dollar sharing and desperate presidency that responsible and peace loving as well progressive Yoruba people who are in the majority do not have guns to wield round, but have permanent voters card (PVCs) to wield so as to vote out this tyrannical government that is desperate to rule over us again even without our consent. The show of shame going in Nigeria clearly show that President Jonathan lack the requisite ability to lead a nat4ion like ours again, however, anyone who feels otherwise is either unpatriotice or corrupt who does not wish Nigeria well,” the group concluded.

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