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Jonathan May Declare for Presidency Soon, Says Mantu

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A former Deputy Senate President, Senator Ibrahim Mantu, has disclosed that President Goodluck Jonathan will soon make public his 2015 re-election bid.

Mantu, who currently chairs the Elders’ Council for the Jonathan’s re-election lobby group, made this known yesterday, while speaking at the inauguration ceremony of the 36 state officers of the Goodluck  Development Foundation  (GDF)  in Abuja.

He said there was an ongoing efforts to prone down the various support groups with a view to streamlining their activities ahead of  the President Jonathan’s public declaration for re-election in 2015.

According to the former Deputy Senate President, who is also a patron of the foundation,  the idea is to cut down the number of these groups which has soared to over 3,000 to a reasonable of size thereby easing out unserious ones.

“We are currently looking at ways to prone down the number of the support groups. As soon as the president declares his intention to run, the approved support groups will be given the mandate to canvass for support for re-election Jonathan in 2015 election,” he said.

Mantu said presently, there is no group that being funded by the President’s Core Campaign organisation, adding that most of the groups have been funding their activities.

Speaking on the destructive consequences of discrimination along the lines of religion or ethnicity which had impeded the growth and development of the country, Mantu urged Nigerians to appreciate one another.
He said despite fears and predictions,  neither religion nor ethnicity is capable of causing disintegration of the country.

Mantu  said what unites most people in the country is the challenge of poverty, underdevelopment and the urged to better our lives, adding that Nigerians should appreciate the good works of President Jonathan.

According to him, Nigerians must not allow differences in religion  and ethnicity bar us from working together to improve the fortunes of the country using God’s endowed human and natural resources.

He said Nigerians should ensure that the next President is one who will always ensure that there is a level playing ground for everyone to participate in the democratic process, one who will be ready to listen to our cries and desires.

He said one of the greatest legacies  of Jonathan is his ability to ensure freedom  of speech and association for all Nigerians.

The chairman of the event, the former governor of Anambra State, Chief Chukwuemeka Ezeife, said some of the aggrieved politicians are the ones fueling insecurity in order to spite Jonathan.

He said though he does not intend to be seen as a being partisan, politician, rather than President Jonathan should be blamed for the persisting insecurity in the country.

“Some of these politicians who have threatened to make the country ungovernable will go some where to throw bombs and come back to say President Jonathan is not able to give us security. The same people goes on to wear  insurgents Fulani clothes to go and attack villages in the name of Fulani herdsmen, all with the intention  fueling crisis and insecurity.

“But these people should realize that if the insecurity impairs the smooth conduct of the 2015 general election, President Jonathan will be the beneficiary just as he would have still emerged victorious if the election is held.

“President Jonathan’s demeanor should not deceive  people and make them to think that he does not know what he is doing, whereas from his actions,  the President has shown that he has rich stock of knowledge  and poise to drive the country to greater heights,” he said.

In his keynote address, the Director-General of the Foundation, Mr. Tom Tinko Tariah said the group is a international foundation whose aim is to extend care to the less privileged ones, orphans, disabled, the Almajiris and oppressed of the society.

He said in line with President Jonathan’s transformation agenda, the foundation and its care ambassadors were focusing on providing succour to Nigerians in distress.
According to him, the country can only claim to make progress when it has provided adequately for the poor and less privileged segment of the society.

Article Credit: Thisdaylive

Updated 4 Years ago

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