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Published On: Tue, Nov 11th, 2014

Jonathan’s declaration grounds Abuja

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Jonathan-2015By Ochiaka Ugwu, Abuja

As Nigerians prepare for President Goodluck Jonathan’s formal declaration of his intention to vie for the presidency in 2015 today,all major roads leading and connecting to the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) would be sealed off by security operatives, with security personnel taking over the entire landscape of the area.

The Police yesterday announced that the roads leading into and out of Eagle Square in the Central Business District, such as Transcorp Hilton Junction, Area 11 Junction, NNPC Towers, and the Three Arms Zone Section, amongst others, would be closed to vehicular traffic between 5am and 8pm today,

This was contained in a statement by Ag. CP Emmanuel Ojukwu, Force Public Relations Officer.

The text reads: “This is to alert the public of a major event taking place at Eagle Square Abuja on Tuesday, November 11, 2014.

“Members of the public are advised to use alternative routes, as vehicular traffic will be diverted from most of the roads leading in and out of Eagle Square Central Business District, Abuja between 0500am and 0800pm of Tuesday, 11th November, 2014.

“The Nigeria Police Force regrets any inconvenience the diversion of vehicular movements within the area may cause members of the public, as this is one of the proactive security measures put in place to avoid break down of law and order in the area and Abuja at large.”

A key part of the declaration by the president will be the unveiling of a new campaign slogan, “Nigerians First, Nigerians Always. Let’s Do It Together”.

Making this known at a briefing in Abuja, the Chairman of the Media and Publicity Sub-committee, Senator Aniete Okon, however refused to disclose the cost of the declaration, stating that it was private and secret to the president.

Okon, who is a former National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), said the president’s declaration would be attended by more than 2,000 pro-Goodluck Jonathan groups, members of the PDP, women’s groups, as well as members of the civil society.

He said the occasion would be momentous, as the president would use it to launch his new campaign slogan whose essence is to identify with Nigerians who are central to the desire of the president to seek a second term in office.

The message of the slogan, he said, seeks to eradicate poverty and raise the bar on improving the living standards of all Nigerians.

“This is the central issue to the declaration. Also, it is expected to help rejuvenate the efforts of government and re-dedicate the goals of an egalitarian society for the nation and the people of Nigeria.

“That is the essence of the declaration, which is to inspire government to do what is always good for the people. Government is all about improving the welfare of the people, so the essence is to seek a fresh mandate on this basis.

“Before 2011, the life expectancy of all Nigerians was low. But now, things have greatly improved in all spheres of life and we are making great and steady progress,” Okon stated.

According to Okon, six foreign capitals would air the president’s declaration live. The initiative, he explained, is being spearheaded by the president’s supporters in the Diaspora under the banner, One Nigeria Coalition.

The cities are Washington DC, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Houston, London and Johannesburg.

Cities whose time zones are close to Nigeria like London and Johannesburg, are expected to transmit from the nation’s capital, while others are expected to hook up later.


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