Former President Goodluck Jonathan said on Friday that President Muhammadu Buhari has been using fear as tool to rule Nigeria. He also said that President Buhari’s spokesman, Mr Femi Adesina, lied on the real reasons Nigerians did not protest the hike in the pump price of petrol by the current administration.
Jonathan, in a statement endorsed on behalf of his media office by his Special Assistant, New Media, Reno Omokri, said it was not because Nigerians trusted Buhari that they didn’t rise up against the government when it increased the pump price of petrol from N87 to N145.
The statement reads: “First of all, it was not Nigerians that rose up against the Jonathan administration when that government increased the price of petrol on January 1, 2012. It was actually members of the All Progressives Congress who sponsored the protests.
“Nigerians have not so soon forgotten how Malam Nasir el-Rufai led other chieftains of the opposition to the Gani Fawehinmi Freedom Park, Ojota, Lagos, where they attracted crowds by inviting top musicians to perform and giving out free food and drinks.
“If anyone cares to Google the pictures of that event, they will see pictures of people who are currently on President Buhari’s media team directing ‘protesters’ at that event.
“To now pass that sponsored protest as a sign that Nigerians trust Buhari but did not trust Jonathan is another propaganda in the long line of lies and deceit that the APC has come to be known for.
“The truth is that the reason Nigerians did not come out to protest against the fuel price hike by the Buhari administration from N87 to N145 was because of fear. Pure and simple.
“On December 15, 2015, the Nigerian Army, under President Muhammadu Buhari’s command, killed 347 unarmed Shiite men, women, children and infants and buried them in a mass grave as revealed by the panel of inquiry instituted by the Kaduna State government.