A group known as ‘We The People of Nigeria’ yesterday clarified that it was operating on its own against the presidency’s attempt to distance itself from it, saying it was not part of any committee nor being sponsored by the presidency.
Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati had on Tuesday noted in statement that
“President Jonathan has not yet taken a decision on whether or not he will seek re-election in 2015 and has therefore not mandated any individual, committee or organisation to start working on his behalf for the 2015 elections.”
But in a counter statement signed on behalf of the group, by former Imo State commissioner for information, Chief Elvis Agukwe, We The people of Nigeria denied being a formation of the presidency, even as it clarified that while its campaign is beyond party politics, “it is an attempt to let Mr. President know that his effort is being appreciated by Nigerians.
“We are not in any way part of the committee Dr. Abati was referring to and we never claimed to be. We are independent and we are determined. What we are doing happened recently in the United States when Americans urged President Obama to continue which he did. President Jonathan represents a united Nigeria and we must not abandon him. We must be patient with him,” Agukwe added.
The statement made available to LEADERSHIP yesterday reads: “we are all witnesses when some people vowed to make the country ungovernable and we have seen political Boko Haram causing mayhem in the country. Yet the president is determined. We must continue to support the efforts of government. This government is focused and determined. We have challenges and we must remain resolute to overcome our challenges.