President Goodluck Jonathan on Thursday took a swipe at the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Muhammadu Buhari, calling on young Nigerians to find out the truth about Buhari’s government in the 80’s.
According to Premium Times report, Jonathan who spoke to party supporters at the flag off of the Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP, campaign in Lagos, said Nigerians must choose between a vote to be relevant or be treated as a “nonsense person”.
“They said they will fight insecurity. When he (General Buhari) was Head of State, did he buy one rifle for the Nigerian soldiers?
“Ask them what they did with the defence budget,” Jonathan said.
Speaking on corruption, Jonathan said the best way to tackle corruption is to strengthen public institutions, adding that his strategy for combating the menace is not by indiscriminate arrest and jail of people.
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The president said he stands by due process as any country that does not respect due process is a jungle.
Reacting to report that the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta, MEND, had pledged their support for the opposition party, APC, Jonathan laughed it off.
The president said: “Orkar, the leader of MEND, is in South African prison because he was procured by some Nigerians to assassinate me.
“The man who is in South African prison for killing Nigerians is endorsing some people.”
In a statement by the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, the Presidency alleged that members of MEND made attempts to kill Jonathan on two occasions, warning Buhari to be weary of the group’s recent endorsement of his candidature, Punch reports.
Jonathan however, used the opportunity to apologize to federal civil servants for the delay in their December salary, attributing it to the IPPIS system which, he said, shut down after officials attempted to divert some of the salaries.
In his opening remarks, Ahmadu Ali, the Director of the Jonathan-Sambo Campaign Organisation, had said that the PDP, unlike the APC, belongs to all Nigerians.
He was said to have been welcomed by a huge crowd today in Bayelsa state as he continues his presidential rally across Nigeria.