A non-governmental organisation, Tell Nigeria Initiative, TNI, has pleaded with President Goodluck Jonathan to make known his intention to contest the 2015 presidential elections, stressing that the issue of security required the collective efforts of all and sundry, who should see it as everybody’s business, rather than the sole responsibility of government.
TNI, in a statement by its Director-General, Mr Godwin Okaka, also urged Nigerians to support what it described as the proactive government of President Jonathan, who it said, represents a paradigm shift in the country’s democracy.
It said: “The Boko Haram insurgency in the North-East, is not intrinsic or developmental, as it is not a fall out of bad governance by President Jonathan. Security in the society is everybody’s business and not that of the government alone, and so, requires the contribution of every citizen”.
The group also aligned itself with some of the remarkable achievements of President Jonathan’s administration, which it described as a welcome development, saying: “The president being a responsible number one citizen of Nigeria, decided to set up a national conference to ensure the unity and stability of the nation.
“It is a welcome development, as the conference will create a forum for Nigerians to dialogue, ventilate their grievances, and profer workable solutions for the country. Again, Jonathan, as a responsible leader, accented to the bill passed by the National Assembly on Anti-Gay Marriage, which is condemned in strong terms by both Christians and Muslims.
“For the first time in Nigeria, the President has made provisions for dry farming and N14 billion earmarked, so as to ensure that oil is not the only source of the country’s revenue. With this development, more investors are trooping into Nigeria to grab the largest market in Africa”.