THE Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) has raised the alarm that the Goodluck Jonathan-led administration is steadily descending into despotism with a brazen assault on the freedom of expression and the press, the use of national institutions against perceived enemies and a growing inclination to denigrate opposition leaders.
“The Jonathan Administration is anchored on a Transformation Agenda. But the only transformation that we can see is the one from a democratically-elected President to an Emperor, a despot,’’ the party said in a statement in Lagos, on Sunday, by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed.
In its reaction, the Presidency hit back at the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) over its claims that President Jonathan was descending into despotism, with the Presidency maintaining that it was in fact the ACN that was home to budding despots in the country.
A statement issued by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, in Abuja on Sunday, observed that the latest statement issued by the opposition party in which it wrongly claimed that the Jonathan administration was “descending into despotism,” was yet another attempt by the party to “stand the truth on its head and indulge in the politics of abuse.”
Noting that “they should not be allowed to get away with their perfidy,” the Presidency pointed out that Jonathan was a democratically elected leader who was running a people-oriented, inclusive and progressive government. According to the statement, “Under his watch, Nigeria’s democracy has been consolidated; the scope for human freedoms has been further expanded and there is respect for due process and the rule of law. Ordinary, Nigerians appreciate the fact that they have a President who is humane, disciplined and focused.”