President Goodluck Jonathan has expressed “deep concern” over the growing interest in the media and among politicians about his 2015 presidential ambitions.
There have been increasing speculation in the media about whether or not President Jonathan had plans to run in the 2015 presidential race and how that might affect the country’s security.
In a press statement, signed by the President’s Special Adviser on Media, Mr. Reuben Abati, called the speculations an “irritating distraction” designed to “heat up the polity unnecessarily”.
“The pointless, diversionary and very distractive hue and cry about the President’s alleged ambition to seek a second term in office is becoming increasingly disturbing by the day with headlines such as “JONATHAN’S 2015 AMBITION CAN BREAK UP NIGERIA” and “JONATHAN’S 2015 AMBITION FUELING INSECURITY,” now regular fare in our newspapers and on the internet,” the statement read.
Abati, in the statement, went on to assure that the President is not at all concerned about the 2015 race.
He said Jonathan’s “primary concern and the focus of all his efforts now, just about a year into the four-year tenure for which he was elected in April 2011, is to deliver on his promise of positive national transformation.
“The President’s sole preoccupation as the nation moves towards the first anniversary of his administration on May 29, 2012 is to continue to give effective and purposeful leadership that will steer Nigeria towards overcoming its immediate security and developmental challenges.
“Nothing could be farther from President Jonathan’s mind at this point,” the statement said.
The media aide said the speculation “the inordinate ambition of a few self-centred Nigerians and their obsession with the politics of political succession in 2015 must not be allowed to distract the nation and its current leadership from the task of dealing with the much more urgent issues of development and the safety of Nigerians”.
Recently, National Security Adviser Owoye Azazi blamed the rise in terror attacks in the country on Jonathan’s decision to run for president in the 2011 general elections, adding that the ruling PDP exclusion politics has served to further increase the intensity and frequency of attacks by the Boko Haram sect.
Azazi came under fire for the attacks and the PDP affirmed its support behind President Jonathan’s leadership.
The presidency in the statement warned the media against focusing on Jonathan’s 2015 ambitions.