By Chris Ochayi
ABUJA – The National Chairman of Labour Party, Chief Dan Nwanyanwu has criticised Nigerians, especially, those in political circle for being disrespectful to President Goodluck Jonathan, noting that the president was the most abused ever in the history of the country.
Chief Nwanyanwu who made the remarks while receiving the leadership of the Inter-Party Advisory Council, IPAC, led by its Chairman, Dr. Yunusha Tanko and Secretary, Comrade Peter Ameh at the party’s national secretariat, expressed concern that Nigerians could freely abused Dr. Jonathan not minding that the office he is holding is the highest in the land.
Nwanyanwu who was agonised by the development, said people should respect the office of Mr. President even if they don’t agree with the leadership style of the person occupying the office.
According to him, “Nigeria is practising the presidential system of government; we borrowed the system from the United States of America, USA. When President Barack Obama was re-elected President of America, there were little skirmish here and there but all these fiddled out when he was inaugurated.
“Since no American citizen has insulted Obama, but here in Nigeria, since inception of office, Jonathan is the most abused and criticised President and still continue to be.
The party chairman who charged the IPAC leaders to bring into play the mandate of the organisation by ensuring that politicians abide by the code of the conduct by desisting from blackmailing and insulting political office holders in the land.
Nwanyanwu said “we have to move from the name calling which is dominating our political life. Notwithstanding that so many people from different political platform are seeking for the same office, we must abide by the code of conduct of the game so that there won’t be violence.
He said this new leadership of IPAC must try to ensure that all registered political parties in Nigeria come together to talk of ways of helping the nation to confront some of the challenges like the unemployment, problems of transport, with a view to moving the nation forward.
In his remarks earlier, Chairman of IPAC, Dr. Yunusha Tanko urged political parties and politicians to be focused on issue based while campaigning for electoral offices instead of name calling and blackmail.
He said the organisation has concluded plans to convene all political summit at the end of the ongoing familiarisation tour of national offices all the registered parties.
He said, after these visits, the organisation will also embark on tour of State Chapters of all the parties with a view to taking the code of conduct to their domains.