Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Nigeria: Opposition leader fights president on Twitter over performance

The presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), General Muhammadu Buhari and former vice president, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar have disagreed with President Goodluck Jonathan’s boast on his administration’s performance.

Speaking through his aide on new media, Reno Omokri through a tweet @renoomokri with the hashtag #GEJisCHANGE, Jonathan yesterday said his administration’s performance in the health sector, which earned the country Guinea Worm-free status in 2013 and Polio-free status to be declared this month by the United Nations, did not happen by chance but as a result of change.

The tweet reads: “Nigeria became Guinea Worm-free in 2013. The UN will declare us polio-free this month. It happened not by chance but by change.”

But faulting the president’s claim, Buhari in his tweet @Thisisbuhari, said government’s job is to ensure security and peace of the nation and not the promotion of religious bigotry.

Buhari tweeted: “The job of government is security and peace, not religion.”

On his part, Atiku echoed Buhari’s tweet, saying that it is constitutionally the government’s job to protect lives and properties, and querying whether Nigerians are safer today than in 2007.

The former vice president and an APC chieftain called on voters to express their constitutional rights in the February 14 presidential election to vote for candidates with requisite experience to tackle the current challenges in the country.

He said in his tweet with twitter handle @atiku, “The primary job of government, as stated in our constitution is to protect lives and properties. Are we safer today than in 2007?

“On February 14, the people of Nigeria must vote for the candidate with the experience and will to secure all Nigerians.”


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