Drums of war: Call N/Delta ex-militants to order, Dismiss Kuku, APC Campaign urges Jonathan, PDP

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The All Progressives Congress Campaign Organisation (APCPCO) has urged

President Jonathan and his party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to

call to order Niger Delta ex-militants who have threatened to wage war

against the country in the event that their “son” loses the February 14

presidential election.
The APCPCO said in a statement by Garba Shehu, Director of Media &

Publicity of the campaign that the irresponsible ultimatum by the

ex-militants is not only a barbaric threat on the sovereignty of our

Republic, but goes against the spirit and letter of the non-violence pact

to which President Jonathan is a signatory.
Shehu observed that the declaration of war against the state is causing

panic and concern among Nigerians who are already embattled by so many

challenges particularly of insecurity, which have been begging for

The APCPCO reminded President Jonathan that as commander-in-chief it is

his primary responsibility to ensure the protection of the citizens and

their properties and that such open declaration of war by the ex-militants

and several other acts of violence need to be denounced by him in the

interest of the democracy, unity and stability of Nigeria.

According to Shehu, these drum beats by elements associated with President

Jonathan need to change to peace beats so that the citizens, especially

the youth need to be encouraged that the sustenance of the country's

democracy is better achieved through the ballot and not the bullet.

The APC Campaign called on Jonathan to make good on his declaration that

his “re-election is not worth the blood of any Nigerian”, by calling these

war mongers in his domain to order.
The Campaign noted that the latest threat is not an isolated act as the

threat on General Muhammadu Buhari by Governor Fayose and the attacks on

the party's offices and rally in Rivers are pointers of coordinated

insurrection against the APC ahead of next month's general elections.

“It is disconcerting that the president has not immediately addressed such

treasonable actions by persons who in the past have taken up arms against

the Republic, and whose amnesty is dependent on their good behaviour and

complete disarmament.
“The president needs to remember that he took an oath, as

commander-in-chief, to protect Nigeria against all threats, external and

internal. In this case, his silence could be misconstrued as an implicit

approval of this declaration of war, seeing as the meeting of the warlords

and subsequent declaration of war were from his own backyard, his home

state,” Shehu said.
“The first step the President needs to take, to show seriousness in

dealing with this issue is to dismiss from his government, his Special

Adviser on Niger Delta, Kingsley Kuku who presided at the meeting at which

this obnoxious resolution to dismember Nigeria was taken,” added the

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