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Published On: Wed, Feb 26th, 2014

Tukur challenges Jonathan’s enemies over constructive criticism

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BAmanga TukurBy Lawrence Olaoye

Former National Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, challenged those criticizing President Goodluck Jonathan administration to do so constructively.

Tukur, who spoke when Goodluck Support Group (GSG) visited him in his residence in Abuja, said if criticism does not change a given situation it is null and void.

“Criticism in itself is not bad but if we want to criticise, make it constructive. If your criticism does not offer anything, it is negative and does not offer anything. You criticise because you want to make things better and if your criticism does not make things better it is null and void,” he said.

According to him, Jonathan is the most criticized President in the history of Nigeria, insisting that as Nigerians should learn to support their leaders.

Tukur said that PDP is a strong party, which translate to strong government and strong economy, even if the opposition says otherwise.

“Our party is the greatest in Africa. If you say you are a Nigerian you must support your leader and if you don’t I doubt your originality. We should be strengthened to provide good governance.

“This cannot be done without the support of people like you. We need to support our leader. No matter your religion, they will always tell you, pray and support your leader.

“We all also need to support our party. We all believe that Nigeria is our own and if that is so, we need to be tolerant so we can be a great nation,” he said.

Earlier, the deputy National Coordinator of GSG, Dr. Eddy Olafeso, said that Tukur’s maturity in his approach to issues has made Nigerians to be proud of him, adding that the way he took his resignation has helped to deepen democracy.

Olafeso, who said that GSG has 3000 groups across the country, added that Tukur’s “sacrifice has not gone unnoticed.”

He said that the events of the past that led to the death of many Nigerians in the previous election maybe very painful, adding, “the only way this thing can be death with is through peaceful development and the provision of employment.”

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