8th October, 2010
Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan, has declared that some Northern leaders, nowÂ claiming to love the North and its people, are just selfish individuals pursuing theirÂ own agenda.
The President, in his facebook message titled â€˜In Defence Of Life, Liberty And Propertyâ€™Â , noted that when the North was recently plagued by series of human-made and naturalÂ disasters, Northern leaders who are now very vocal over the Abuja bomb blast remainedÂ silent and inactive.
Jonathan was reacting to the attacks on him by some Northern leaders after the bomb blastÂ on 1 October.
The President reasoned that these Northern leaders specialise in playing one part of theÂ country against the other and riding on sectional sentiments to promote their narrowÂ ambitions.
â€œTo prove to you that their interests are personal and not for the people they claim toÂ represent, you will notice that while this administration has spent considerable time andÂ resources as well as focused attention on the recent floods in Sokoto, Zamfara, Kebbi andÂ Jigawa states and the cholera epidemic in certain parts of Nigeria as well as the leadÂ poisoning that has consumed 400 children in Zamfara State, these so called concernedÂ people have not been known to address any of these issues or offer a word of succour toÂ the victims.
â€œThis is irrefutable proof that their only focus is how to get power and not theÂ wellbeing of the long suffering people of Nigeria whom I have sworn to Almighty God toÂ protect.
â€œAt this critical time, we should be mourning the dead and praying for the families leftÂ behind. What they need at this sad hour is not politics but compassion and empathy,â€Â Jonathan said.
The president promised that the Federal Government will do everything possible to shareÂ in the pains of the bereaved and the injured.
â€œWe will give the best medical care possible to the injured. We recognise that nothingÂ can compensate for the loss of a loved one. But we offer our shoulders to the bereaved inÂ this moment of need.â€