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My statement on S/West politicised – Jonathan

FOLLOWING the condemnation of his speech at the zonal presidential rally of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)  in Ibadan last Tuesday  by some politicians in the country, President Goodluck Jonathan has described their interpretation as unfortunate, saying

that as a true leader, he takes responsibility for any misunderstanding of the context of the statement.

In a message posted on his account on the social networking site, Facebook  on Monday, President Jonathan  said that unreliable or mischievous behaviour or notions ought not to be acceptable in any part of the body politic, especially not in the South-West, where he said the population had had the privilege of a head start in education, compared to other parts of the country.

It will be recalled that members of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) and some other politicians in the opposition had come hard on President Jonathan over the statement at the rally, describing it as unpresidential and targeted at state governors of the ACN.

The president’s message which referred to the version of the Nigerian Tribune of February 9, 2011 as capturing his statement at the rally repeated that “The entire South-West is too important, too sophisticated and too educated to be in the hands of rascals.”

The president,  on the Facebook,  said that the South-West geopolitical zone of the country was of critical significance to the economic and political advancement of the country, adding that the progress of the zone was the progress of Nigeria, stressing that it made perfect sense that such a critical segment of Nigeria was governed by those who had what it took.

The statement added that, “it is unhelpful to public discourse if we constantly twist words beyond intended meaning. Surely, even the most zealous detractor of the interest of the South-West would not desire that anyone would wish upon such a sophisticated part of our country, the activity of unreliable or mischievous intentions.

“In other words, I had indicated that abhorrence for such behaviour should be our proclivity, especially considering the disposition of the people of the western states to governance standards.

“But by laying so much emphasis on the latter part of the sentence we dither profoundly on nuances, and this typifies the general tendency to dwell on the negative which we must, as a country, refrain from. My qualification of the West as highly educated and sophisticated was easily dispensed with, while the fact that we should not expose such civilised and educated populace to rascality was played more upon, with emphasis on the ‘rascality.’

“But we easily forget, perhaps, because we have neglected for far too long the important role that our educational institutions play in development, that the foundation of our independence movement burgeoned its fruits from the discussions which emanated from the sophisticated “Ibadan School of thought” as the liberal Arts Faculty of the then University College Ibadan was then known.

“However, as true leadership requires, I take responsibility for any misunderstanding of the context in which my statement was made. In a time of active politicking, when scoring political points has taken precedence over our overarching goal of nation building, we must not allow those strong bonds which tie us together as a nation,  and which brought  our people to the streets, for the common cause of seeing that the right thing is done by all  and for all the people of our country — an ideal which the western part of  Nigeria has always been in the forefront of aspiring for — to be dispensed with by the mere nuance which we attach to words.

“The western part of Nigeria, by my estimation, remains a very sophisticated and educated part of our dear country as sophisticated as the cultures in all other parts of our country and unique in its unequivocal stand for justice and equity.

“Therefore, as Architect Sambo and I move around the country seeking the mandate of our dear countrymen and women, we shall continue to respect and pay tribute to the hard work and patience of all our people. Our promise of a significant turnaround in the way our country operates and is governed is an article of faith.

“I made a commitment to Nigerians that our campaign will be about issues and livelihood advancement. I am determined to remain true to this commitment.

“In this regard, we made the promise and will zealously deliver on, amongst other things, a stable, constant supply of electricity which will revolutionise the way business is done in our country. We will pay special attention to the security of lives and property; we will focus on access to good quality health and education for all Nigerians and job creation for our youths, for this is the only way we can defeat poverty.

“We are focused on delivering on our commitment to agricultural and infrastructural development, the expansion of our economy and the complete transformation of our national security architecture in order to better secure life and property in our country.

“Let us all insist in building a united nation where justice, equity and the fundamental essence of freedom and democracy is sustained,” Jonathan said.

-Tribune

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