The Governor of Akwa Ibom State Godswill Akpabio declared that the re-election of President Goodluck Jonathan for another term in the office is the only solution to Nigeria’s search for peace.
The governor said this in the capital of Akwa Ibom, Uyo, at an interdenominational Church service, broadcasted live on by the Nigerian Television Authority, NTA, on January 2, 2015, Friday.
Akpabio, who is a member of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), called on Nigerians to allow the continuity of President Jonathan’s administration in the country.
“As a PDP chieftain, I have found the solution to the peace we are seeking in Nigeria. That solution is the election of President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan for a second term in office.
“When you do that, you would show that you are not a religious bigot. When you do that, you would show that you are not an ethnic jingoist and that you believe in the unity of this country,” the governor said.
Some of the viewers considered the above statement as contradictory to what President Jonathan said in his New Year speech on Thursday. Nevertheless, the governor continued:
“Because God did not make a mistake in creating over 280 tribes and putting all of them together as one, the next election will be about love, not religion. It will help unite the plurality of Nigeria and not allow religion to tear us apart.”
Akpabio reminded that President Jonathan was elected by the people from the North and South, therefore, he his re-election would not divide the country into two halves. Both Muslims and Christians voted for Jonathan which may mean that his re-election would not allow religious division of Nigeria.
“I want to plead with all Nigerians to join hands together to allow the continuity of this administration. I want to urge the media to focus on those good things so that Nigerians will see the need to allow continuity of the current administration to complete the good works already started by the president,” he concluded.
Governor Akpabio is a renowned supporter of Goodluck Jonathan. “We did it in 2011 and I assure Mr. President that Akwa Ibom will do it again,” he said in the beginning of 2014.