Former Head of State, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, who is the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has accused the incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan of breaching his oath of office.
Buhari made this statement on Wednesday through a statement made public by the spokesperson of his campaign organisation, Malam Garba Shehu.
According to the statement, the former Head of State stated that President Jonathan breached his oath of office by aligning with Niger Delta militants.
The APC flag bearer accused Jonathan of complicity and alliance with ethnic war lords who had threatened war should he (Jonathan) fails at the February 14 presidential polls.
The statement reads: “This unholy alliance by the president with elements that served notice of their diabolical intention to foment trouble is in negation to the oath of allegiance sworn to over five years ago by the president, to maintain the territorial integrity and indivisible Nigeria."
Buhari condemned the president’s attitude of "condoling treasonable statements and gross indiscipline by some elements of his kinsmen - as a breach of presidential oath to protect all Nigerians and a sheer display of double standard and selective justice."
"How can the President feign ignorance of the war plots and call to arms in Bayelsa State Government House in Yenagoa, supervised by a PDP Governor, Seriake Dickson, and the Presidential Special Adviser on Amnesty Programme, Kingsley Kuku, with majority of Niger Delta ex-militant kinsmen," Shehu asked.
He added: "Whereas this President was quick to condemn MEND for allegedly supporting the opposition candidate, Muhammadu Buhari, and lambast claims by the hoax Federal Government-hired Australian negotiator with the Boko Haram, Dr Stephen Davis; publicly bad-mouthed his critics particularly former Head of State, Olusegun Obasanjo; yet he has refused to call to order tribal war-mongers like Kingsley Kuku and his cohorts - Asari Dokubo, Tompolo, Boy Loaf and others.
This is a total and unequivocal support of Mr. President for aiding and abetting treason in the land, an impeachable offence by all standards."
This is coming barely hours after a former Minister of Defence, Theophilus Danjuma, demanded the immediate arrest of some former Niger Delta militants for threatening to plunge the country into war if President Jonathan is not re-elected.
Danjuma stated this on Wednesday in Kano during the commissioning of the multibillion naira Kwakwasiya city, one of the three mega cities built by the administration of Governor Rabi’u Kwankwaso.
The leader of the Niger Delta Peoples Volunteer Force, NDPVF, Mujahid Dokubo-Asari; Victor Ben Ebikabowei, aka, Boy Loaf; Government Ekpudomenowei, aka, Tompolo; and other militants had last Saturday vowed to ensure that President Goodluck Jonathan, wins the February presidential election.
The former militant leaders and their followers, who spoke at a meeting in Government House, Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, threatened to unleash violence on the country and take back Niger Delta oil should the president lose the election.
They also said any attempt to dethrone Jonathan would be seen as a direct attack on the Ijaw nation.
Danjuma, a retired army general and former Chief of Army Staff, who fought in the Nigerian civil war, said the threats by the militants were not only against national unity but also capable of plunging the country into war.
He asked the security agencies and the government to immediately arrest them.