Published By: PM NEWS Live
7th October, 2010
The Director General, Goodluck/Sambo Presidential Campaign Organization, Dr. Dalhatu Tafida has criticised the comments of some elder statesmen over the October 1, tragic incident at the Eagle Square, noting that their remarks were laced with demeaning ethnic chauvinism.
He lambasted the elder statesmen whom he described as yesterdayâ€™s men, noting that they have turned the tragic incident into a political show whereas they should have been sober.
His words: â€œI wish to counsel all our political and national leaders to be watchful, to be temperate and be sober in their pronouncements, during this very tragic period.
“In fact all men of good sense, and matured and patriotic disposition ought to rally round the President and the Federal Government in this periodâ€.
He recalled the September 11, 2001 bombing of the twin tower in the United States, where all American politicians and leaders gave former President George Bush enormous support.
Senator Tafida chided the elder statesmen for their stance saying, â€œinstead of some of the elders who are vicariously responsible for the frustration of many of our youths to be sober, they are desperately trying to milk this national tragedy for political gains.
â€œWhile the security agencies are still trying to unmask the details of the national tragedy, the provocative comments of some of our yesteryearâ€™s men laced with demeaning ethnic chauvinism, suggest that they do not mind if Nigeria explodes if they donâ€™t acquire power at all cost in the 2011 primaries and general elections.â€
He pointed out that there will always be enough time to play politics to the fullest and cautioned that â€œwe must rest all politics and negative insinuation for now and instead rally round to protect and defend our nationâ€.
While presidential election is not a game of life and death, Senator Tafida called on all players in the political arena, particularly those running for elective offices to put the national unity, peace and well being of the people first before their personal interest and ambitions