Abuja, Nigeria - Nigeria’s ruling party, the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), Tuesday claimed that the insurgency, terrorism and sectarian violence in the country 'were being sponsored by unpatriotic elements whose aim is to discredit the person, office and administration of President Goodluck Jonathan'.
The party alleged that the aim of the continuing violence was to constrain the successful delivery of President Jonathan’s transformation programme so as to portray him as non-performing and finally ridicule his score card when the time for electioneering campaigns begins.
National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Chief Olisa Metuh, said in a statement released in Abuja that 'it was beyond conjecture that the Nigerian version of terrorism is the product of a narrow political persuasion that defies logic and reason.
'We accept the reality of terrorism as a global phenomenon, however, the peculiar trend of the Nigerian version which subsists on a welter of nebulous demands and masked identities, hacking down innocent Nigerians - women, children and the elderly - in an awful scorch earth fashion, and in an obstinate ridicule of dialogue, defies all reason and logic and only summarizes a well-considered agenda of national destabilization for a purely selfish political cause. We pointedly finger the opposition.
'We recall statements by some politicians, vowing to make the country ungovernable for President Jonathan on the eve of the 2011 general elections, and therefore adjure Nigerians to rise against this brute ideology of violence from which a tiny clique of the political class intends to benefit ultimately. It is the climax of wickedness only heard of the Lucifer in the distant bosom of hell fire.'
The PDP spokesman regretted that President Jonathan is being persecuted by some sections of the nation just because he is a Nigerian from the minority, arguing that no leader in the history of the country had faced the height of persecution that the President has been subjected to since he assumed office.