Pro-Jonathan's Group Petitions National Assembly On National Security

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ABUJA, Oct 11, (THEWILL) - A support group for President Goodluck Jonathan’s 2011 election bid, the Goodluck-Namadi Global Group 2011 has asked the National Assembly to diffuse what it described as high level of political tension resulting from inflammatory remarks by some political players.

It warned that such comments were capable of causing disaffection in the polity and derailing the ongoing transition to the next phase of democracy in Nigeria.

The pro-Jonathan group in a memo addressed to the Senate President and Speaker of the House of Representatives, signed by its Global Chairman, Mr. Joejim Alaboso said unfolding events in Nigeria have started indicating that some political elite in the country would not mind frustrating the process of transition in order to push their interests.

It alluded to the growing call for resignation of President Goodluck Jonathan by some northern leaders as part of its worries on the national politics describing such calls as crass, inflammatory and sensational.

The group maintained that the National Assembly is in a position to mitigate the political tension in the country by calling to order those it described as enemies of democracy through motions meant to address their excesses and ultimately enhance national security.

According to the group, Nigeria by the issue of October 1 bomb blasts had entered a delicate stage, prompted mainly by the huge suspicion among the political elite in the country, warning that the critical political situation in Nigeria must be addressed promptly if 2011 must be.

It said, "It is against this background that we raise our voices today so stridently to chant down an attempt by some disgruntled agents of discord to taint the image and history of our great nation. We seriously and wholeheartedly stand against the antics of the rabble-rousers and terrorists in our midst as exposed by their act of bomb throwing, just as we call on Nigerians to henceforth rise in strong agitation against all masquerades of terror in any part of the country where they may have been hiding.

"We hereby note that the idea of asking the President of Nigerian Republic to resign on the strength of bomb blast and at a critical period of transition to another phase of democracy is a mark of desperation on the path of a group of politicians who had previously attempted to raise dusts on the issue of zoning and who had failed in the process."

The group which is made up of Nigerian returnees from European and American countries said a prompt intervention by the National Assembly on the huge suspicion among members of the political elite in Nigeria at the moment, was required to safeguarded the process of transition to the next phase of democracy in 2011.