1:54 AMMEND Tried to Assassinate Me in 2010 - Goodluck Jonathan
Speaking at the Tafawa Balewa Square in Lagos, President Jonathan has stated that the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) tried to assassinate him in the October 1, 2010 bombing in Eagle Square, Abuja.
He said this in reaction to the group's recent endorsement of his opponent for the February elections, General Muhammadu Buhari.
The October 1, 2010 bombing resulted in 12 deaths and 17 injuries.
President Jonathan said:
“I saw a headline in one of the newspapers, saying MEND dumps Jonathan, did you see it?” he asked.
“The leader of MEND is Henry Okah, Okah is in prison in South Africa, not even in Nigeria, where they could have said I influenced it. He is in prison because he wanted to assassinate me by bombing Eagle Square. The intelligence service got the information and I was driven into the Eagle Square in a hurry. At the PDP campaign flag-off in Lagos on Thursday
“Now he is endorsing some people, is that the kind of country you want? Do you want Nigeria to go backward or forward?”
“My message is for young people, because 2015 election is for the young people,” he said. “This country belongs to you. Those people who say they want to take over power from the PDP have told a lot of lies. First, let me tell you about voter cards. Only yesterday, I directed INEC to make sure that all Nigerians get their voter cards.
“Before 2011, people were just voting themselves into office, there was nothing like voter cards. And I also want to advise the young people here, particularly the first-time voters, you must vote wisely. “It is either you vote for freedom or you vote otherwise. Some people want to take Nigeria backward, is that what you want? Do you want to go back to the era when there was no freedom, when your uncles were being jailed anyhow?” he asked.
“Some people believe that the only way to fight corruption is to get people arrested and show them on television. So immediately I suspect your uncle, I would just pick him up and throw him into Kirikiri. Is that how to fight corruption? Is that what you want? “They built prisons for you, but I built you schools. They say they want to jail all their enemies and lock them up, but me, I have no enemies to fight because my interest is your interest and your interest my interest.”
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