Why I will never abandon Jonathan —Col. Abubakar Umar •Dismisses rumour of oil block award

Posted by News Express | 12 April 2015 | 6,917 times

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Former Military Administrator of Kaduna State, Colonel Abubakar Dangiwa Umar (retd.), has vowed never to abandon out-going President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan like most of those who claimed to love him but have deserted him on account of his failure to win re-election.

In a statement in Kaduna, a copy of which was made available to News Express, the widely respected former military officer however dismissed rumours that their friendship is based on material favours from the President.

His words: “A famous political scientist once warned that ‘the career of a politician is too uncertain to make any firm commitment to him.’ Although I find this warning immoral and distasteful it truly represents the attitude and behavioural pattern of most of the so called friends and loyalists of men in power. Most are mere fair weather friends.

“Come 29th May 2015 President Jonathan will hand over power to the winner of the 28th March 2015 Presidential election, Gen Muhammadu Buhari. With this seeming loss of political power he will also lose a large retinue of friends and loyalists; people who would swear by his name a couple of weeks ago. The President, like most of his predecessors, will suffer the pain of betrayal.

“I however assure him that there are still genuine friends who will be by him through life’s challenges out of power. Mr President should count on me, Col Abubakar Dangiwa Umar, as a steadfast friend. I will continue to maintain an abiding and an alloyed loyalty as a friend and brother. I also wish to advise him to ignore the treacherous actions of those opportunists who are decamping from his party, the PDP to APC at this late hour. These are people who will not hesitate to renounce God in their pursuit of ephemeral worldly power. They are worthless and a great embarrassment to decent people and bad role models to future generations.

“Let me use this opportunity to dispel the wicked rumour that my closeness with President Jonathan has always been on account of some material favours he extended to me. Nothing can be further from the truth. I swear and affirm that I have never, directly or indirectly, been awarded an oil or non-oil contract by President Jonathan or his Government, as evidence will prove later. What I received and cherish above all is tremendous respect from the President. I intend to expatiate on this in due course.

“Let me also express my respect and admiration for President Jonathan’s nationalistic and altruistic decision to concede and congratulate the winner even before the final results were officially announced. Mr President behaved like the statesman I have always known him to be, thereby saving the country assured implosion had he behaved otherwise. Mr President has really made us proud. May the good Lord continue to protect, bless and guide him and his family.”

•Photo shows Col. Abubakar Umar.

Source: News Express

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