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Jonathan's Henry Okah assassination claim, most ridiculous - MEND

09/01/2015 14:22

The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta, MEND, has described as outrageous and ridiculous, President Goodluck Jonathan's Thursday inauguration speech at the PDP Lagos rally in which he claimed that its leader, Henry Okah, was paid to assassinate him.


In a statement by Jomo Gbomo, its spokersperson, MEND further reinstated its endorsement of Maj Gen Muhammadu Buhari (retd), the APC presidential candidate for the forthcoming February 14, 2015 presidential election.


The statement read in part: “Mr. President (Dr. Goodluck Jonathan), the MEND says thank you for vindicating every words in our recent statement, endorsing Gen. Muhammadu Buhari and for also solidifying your status as a clueless, inept and bare-faced lair.


“MEND will like to state it clearly that our endorsement of the APC’s presidential candidate has absolutely nothing to do with Mr. Henry Okah. We challenge Mr. President to come out and reveal to the nation, the names of the ‘persons’ he claims paid Mr. Henry Okah to ‘assassinate’ him.


“Goodluck Jonathan should also explain why these ‘persons,’ as he obviously knows who they are, were not arrested, tried and convicted. Nigerians may recall that prior to the bomb blasts of October 1, 2010, MEND issued a warning of an impending attack on Eagle Square, Abuja, where we also advised the public to steer clear of any parked vehicles, to avert any casualties. These warnings were ignored by the Nigerian security agencies. Hence the unfortunate and regrettable casualties.


“If as Goodluck Jonathan claimed, that he was a target of an ‘assassination’ attempt, why did we issue a prior warning? Where in this world would an assassin warn their target in advance of an attempt on their life?


“This false allegation by Goodluck Jonathan further confirms our earlier assertion of how he takes Nigerians for stupid, as he seems to have forgotten how he openly came out to absolve MEND of any involvement in the attack.


“Rather than address his administration’s failures, he (President Jonathan) chose to descend so low, by using a very cheap bare-faced lie to get sympathy. Is this the kind of President the country wants to be stuck with for another four years of misery?”

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