The Presidency on Sunday came out stronger in reacting to Chief Olusegun Obasanjo’s 18 page letter, prodding him to match his allegations that President Goodluck Jonathan is training 1000 hired killers with proof or forever shut up and be remembered as a spineless coward.
Special Adviser to the President on Media, Dr. Reuben Abati threw up the challenge at Obasanjo in a press release just as he warned the Spokesperson of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Alhaji Lai Mohammed to be prepared to face charge of treason for calling for impeachment of the president on mere allegations.
“President Jonathan is running a people’s government. He does not need any snipers. His legitimacy comes from the people. Those who are alleging the existence of snipers should step forward and provide the evidence or shut up forever and go down in history as spineless cowards, driven by sheer greed and indecency.
“Ordinarily, we would not have dignified Alhaji Lai Mohammed’s latest vituperations in the service of his paymasters with a response, but we thought it necessary to warn that the Federal Government will not standby idly and let the nation be plunged into unnecessary crises and political instability because of the desperation and apparent readiness of the APC spokesman and his gang of power-seeking desperadoes to sacrifice the well-being of the country on the altar of their selfish personal ambitions.
“The APC, which remains a minority party with doubtful credentials in the National Assembly, knows fully well that its attempt to hector and blackmail a parliament dominated by loyal members of the President’s party, the PDP, into an impeachment process, will come to nothing.”
“Alhaji Mohammed’s unscrupulous effort to drag the nation’s judiciary into its murky political warfare and his readiness to intimidate and blackmail embers of the bench so as to secure a favourable outcome for his party in the pending case clearly shows that nothing is beyond the pale for him and the APC in pursuit of their quest for power,” Abati said, adding that the administration does not need Mohammed or the APC to remind it of its constitutional responsibility for the security and well-being of Nigerians.