World Igbo Congress reaffirms support for Jonathan’s re-election



By Dr Acho Orabuchi

We, members of the World Igbo Congress (WIC) call on Igbos everywhere and well-meaning Nigerians to massively support the re-election of President Goodluck Jonathan, a true democrat who strongly believes in due process and rule of law.

We beckon Nigerians to see those inner qualities of President Jonathan, because the wheel of justice in any civilized country takes a little bit of time to turn. As Nigeria is nurturing its democracy, the last thing the country needs is a jungle justice.
So, those who frown at Jonathan for being deliberate and methodical in his approach should rethink their assumptions because the alternative is the relic of the past, who does not belong in the stream of democracy.

The Chairman of World Igbo Congress, Engr. Joe Eto said, “Please vote Jonathan, the alternative is morbid chaos and continued bloodletting in Nigeria’s northern states. It does not matter what your regrets are about where Nigeria is today compared with your expectations, be sure to vote on March 28, and make the smart choice of Goodluck Jonathan.”

We have again reviewed President Jonathan’s Transformation Agenda and found significant economic progress Nigeria has made in the past four years. The economic policies of the President have resulted in significant growth and the resultant high ranking of Nigeria’s economic position by some international institutions shows assiduous work Jonathan and his team is doing.

Thus, the overall economy improved during Jonathan’s administration. The poverty rate is continuously declining since the Transformation Agenda policies started taking foothold. While we applaud President Jonathan on the country’s significant increase in GDP and other economic indicators, we appeal to him to develop policies that will stabilize the country’s currency—Naira.

WIC is using this opportunity to commend President Jonathan and the Nigerian security forces for their recent successes on the fight against Boko Haram. Boko Haram has terrorized Nigeria to inflict the maximum damage and pain to the citizens of Nigeria.

Many Nigerians, particularly the Igbos have lost their lives, properties, livelihood in the hands of the terrorists. Nigerians cannot take any longer. We strongly support your leadership to use the Nigerian Armed Forces to wage a war of attrition against Boko Haram.

We commend Jonathan’s infrastructural development that included the construction the second Niger Bridge to replace the old Niger Bridge which was built on December 1965, as well as the construction of Lagos-Benin expressway, Abuja-Lokoja expressway, Enugu-Abakiliki expressway, Onitsha-Owerri highway and most parts of the Enugu-Port Harcourt expressway.

WIC applauds the revival of Nigeria’s railway system of transportation in the country and the standardization of airports across the country, including the Akanu Ibiam Airport in Enugu that was upgraded into an international airport, directly connecting the South-East “to the outside world for the first time since independence.”

Due to President Jonathan’s transformation of the agricultural sector, Nigeria has now reduced its food imports by over 40% as of 2013 and one day Nigeria will be self-sufficient in agriculture. Therefore, our support for President Jonathan is unwavering because he is right for Nigeria.

According to Chairman Eto, “The Southwest and Southeast zones recognize that Jonathan at this time is the only option for a better, stable Nigeria. Jonathan showed magnanimity and courage in convening a national conference. The national conference has already produced major resolutions to usher in healthy relationship with the various ethnicities and regions of Nigeria.

“Buhari and his political party, APC, discouraged the convening of the national conference and have not shown any interest in the outcome of the conference. The conference outcome, when implemented, will unplug Britain from the Hausa/Fulani socket and eventually abate the British emasculation of Nigeria through ploys executed by those Nigerians who continue to see Britain as their brain power.”