The Action Congress, AC, has challenged Acting President Goodluck Jonathan to urgently lift the veil on those whom he said are engaging in a campaign of calumny against him, if indeed such a campaign is real.
In a statement issued in Lagos Thursday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said the call became necessary because the Acting President claimed in a statement issued by his Spokesman that â€˜we know those behind the publications (in the media against Jonathan).â€™
â€œOur stand is that since such people are known, their identities must be revealed to all Nigerians so they can be checkmated. We say this because governments have always resorted to this kind of blanket statement to point accusing fingers at the opposition, cow them and then abridge their constitutional right of freedom of expression. We hope that statement is not a sign of things to come, we hope it does not signal an ominous beginning,” AC said.
The party said it suspected that the shadowy group being referred to in the statement must be those taking refuge under the tattered umbrella of the badly-splintered PDP, since they are the ones that have access to limitless resources with which they can mount such a campaign – having dipped their hands in the public till for so long.