President Goodluck Jonathan has reassured Nigerians and the international community that he has no plan to sack the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Attahiru Jega, ahead of Nigeria’s general elections slated for March 28 and April 11. Mr. Jonathan gave this reassurance during an interview with Al Jazeera.
He was quoted as saying: ”Except somebody is insinuating that the Chairman has done something wrong. You cannot change an officer, except the person has done something wrong,” Mr. Jonathan said in response to a question on Mr. Jega.”
He continued, ”Government, whether at the federal or state level, president or governor, does not wake up and change somebody, especially somebody like the INEC Chairman, except that person has done something wrong.”
”INEC is a very sensitive body. For me to change INEC Chairman Nigerians will ask questions. So, you cannot wake up and change INEC Chairman.”
He also talked about the following issues;
On people commenting on the sudden step-up in fighting Boko Haram close to the election: ”It’s out of ignorance. In a political environment, if one party, particularly the ruling party is going to the left, they (opposition) would have to go to the right. They must find something. They must have something to tell the people”
On if he is scared of losing the elections: ”I will not lose the elections.”
On the elections being postponed again: ”I don’t think so. I believe the elections will be conducted as scheduled by INEC that is National elections on the 28th of this month. I don’t see why we should postpone again because I am quite impressed with the successes going on in the north.”