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Reply to Obasanjo letter – Civil society tells Jonathan

Jonathan Might fire more ministersA civil society group, under the aegis of the United Action for Democracy (UAD), has challenged President Goodluck Jonathan to respond to issues raised in the letter sent to him by former President Olusegun Obasanjo.

Obasanjo, in the letter, which was widely circulated in the media yesterday, chronicled the alleged atrocities of the administration.

Addressing reporters yesterday in Abuja, the UAD expressed apprehension over corruption allegations, state-induced terrorism and promotion of ethnic and religious divisions in the country.

The group’s National Convener, Comrade Baba Aye warned that unless the issues are addressed by President Jonathan as timely as possible, the Nigerian people would continue to live in fear of the unknown.

Aye said: “The UAD regards these allegations with utmost seriousness and demands an urgent verifiable response from the Presidency”.

The group urged Nigerians to rise and defend their democratic and not be cowed by “cowardly militaristic machinations of the Nigerian state, supposedly in a civilian garb.”

Lamenting the heightened insecurity in the land, particularly in the Northeast, the UAD deplored the apparent inability of government to address the situation.

“It is particularly worrisome that there is surreptitious sharpening of the teeth of state terrorism going on, which could take us back to the dark ages of the Abacha dictatorship.

The civil society group warned the leadership against the pursuit of selfish political interests in manners that could plunge the nation into avoidable crisis.

“There is hardly any clearer testimony to this than the December 2 letter of ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo to President Goodluck Jonathan.

“What needs to be added is that the pursuit of selfish personal and political interests, which is brewing a crisis of gargantuan proportions, is not limited to President Jonathan and his own clique, but is a general nature of the band of brigands that are the country’s leaders, and the neoliberal capitalist system which they run.

“Information to this extent has been provided by a former President, Chief Obasanjo, in his recent letter where he stated that the President has placed over 1000 Nigerians on political watch list and is training snipers and other armed personnel secretly and clandestinely”.

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