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ACN decries growing sectionalization of the fuel subsidy issue, warns President Jonathan, PDP



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The Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) has said it is mortally concerned

that, with what may be the tacit support

of people in the highest echelon of power, the ongoing fuel subsidy

issue is increasingly being turned to a sectional

matter, raising concern about the agenda being pursued by President

Goodluck Jonathan and his clueless Peoples Democratic

Party (PDP) with their so-called fuel subsidy removal.


In a statement issued in Lagos on Sunday by its National Publicity

Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said

going by the myriad of newspaper advertisements placed in recent times

by several Ijaw and South-South groups (which we hope

do not represent the general opinion in the region), and the

inflammatory rhetoric spewing out of the mouth of respected leaders in

the region, there may be a hidden agenda in some quarters to push the

country to the brink, or even bring the house crashing down on all, as

we have warned earlier.


It said the increasing attack on other geo-political zones and ethnic

groups as well as individual politicians by these

apparently-sponsored adverts, simply because Nigerians have said ‘NO’

to what they considered an insensitive, oppressive

and senseless fuel subsidy removal, shows what can happen when a

leader, through sheer ineptness and unfathomable

headiness, fails to consider the socio-political impact of what he

perceives merely as an economic policy.


ACN said it is nothing short of a monumental insult for any person or

group to infer that the spontaneous and unprecedented

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nation-wide mass action that has greeted the removal of fuel subsidy

is being sponsored by the so-called failed politicians, or

for any person or group to make such an irresponsible statement that

the bulk of the fuel subsidy is consumed in

Lagos, even when it is clear that Lagos is a melting pot that is home

to people of all ethnic groups.


The party said one of the groups even said it would not mind if the

fuel subsidy removal – which it (the group) supports by the

way – ends up making President Jonathan the last President of a united Nigeria!


”Imagine, for a moment, that this inflammatory and inciting statement

had been made by a group other than the one from the

South-South! Those behind such group would by now have been threatened

with treason charges, that is if they have not yet been

arrested. Yet, this is the kind of rhetoric that these South-South

groups have been ditching out since the fuel protests started, and the

Presidency has not deemed it necessary to distance itself from such

dead-enders or to repudiate them.


”Suddenly, a President that was purportedly given a pan-Nigeria

mandate only a few months back is now being made to look more

and more like a South-South President, who must be ‘protected’ by his

‘supporters and kinsmen’ against failed politicians from the

other regions, forgetting that the same President won the last

election because of the support of the other regions that are now been

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”Progressively but sadly, the Jonathan Presidency is being defined as

a South-South Presidency by those who have failed to see that

the mess the country has been thrown into under his watch – over the

fuel subsidy and the Boko Haram issues – is a fallout of a leadership

that has lied to and cheated its people on the subsidy issue, and a

presidency that has allowed the Boko Haram issue to fester for too

long without a decisive and creative initiative to nip it in the bud.

Simply put, Nigerians feel betrayed by this President by the way he

has handled these issues, hence he has lost their trust and

confidence. This is neither a South-South Vs the rest of the regions

issue, or the result of an incitement by imagined enemies,” ACN said.


The party reiterated its earlier call on all people of goodwill,

including former leaders acting together, to call President Jonathan

to order before he allows those who have other agenda, or those who

are championing neo-colonial interests, to doom his presidency and

push the country into perdition.


It advised President Jonathan that in a democracy, the people are

supreme and their voices and opinions must matter on every issue, more

than the self-serving postulations of a benevolent few who happened to

have found themselves in government.


Alhaji Lai Mohammed

National Publicity Secretary

Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN)

Lagos, Jan. 15th 2012

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