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ACN rejects plan to name Maitama extension after Jonathan – Daily Trust

The Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) has urged President Goodluck Jonathan to immediately reject moves to name the Maitama District Extension in Abuja after him, saying it is a “poisoned chalice” which the president must refuse to drink from.
National Publicity Secretary of the party, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said yesterday that while Jonathan may not have been the one behind the decision, he should exhibit a sense of decency and modesty, which many have attributed to him, by rejecting it.

Mohammed said in a statement, “A president who has been described by his erudite spokesman as ‘thoughtful’, ‘highly experienced’, and ‘scholarly’ is definitely not expected to allow himself to be hoodwinked into accepting such an offer of having anything named after him while still in office. In the first instance, none of President Jonathan’s predecessors, including the man who initiated the Abuja idea, the late Gen. Murtala Mohammed, and the man who finally moved the capital city from Lagos to Abuja, Gen. Ibrahim Babangida, has a district named after him, whether in or out of office.

“Secondly, it is the height of immodesty for a sitting President to agree to any decision to name a street, a monument or a district after him, even when he may not have been the one who initiated the idea. This probably explains why ‘District Six’ in Cape Town, South Africa, was not changed to ‘Mandela’s District’ when he (Mandela) was in office, or why the Manhattan area of New York has not been named after US President Barack Obama. Back home in Nigeria, we have no scintilla of doubt that Gov. Babatunde Fashola of Lagos will reject any offer to name the Victoria Island Extension after him while in office,” he said.

He also warned that if the president allows the hero-worshippers behind the ‘district-naming’ idea to have their way, he should remember that there is always the ignominy that goes with having such actions reviewed and reversed in future and that the president should know that whoever is behind the idea to name the Maitama District Extension after him is not doing so for altruistic reasons.

“He (Jonathan) should not fall for such a cheap idea that amounts to self glorification. When he leaves office, and on the basis of the legacy he is perceived to have left behind, his successor will decide, and Nigerians will acclaim, which street or monument should be named after him.”

One Response to “ACN rejects plan to name Maitama extension after Jonathan – Daily Trust”

  1. olumayowa says:

    Please, could someone apart from Abati (The psycophant) spokesman of GEJ tell the world GEJ achievement as Nigerian president since assuming presidency? Or is inability to protect the Nigerians, Fuel subsidy removal, hardships increment on common Nigerians a prequisite to naming a street after him? Well, ACN should stop wasting their time, if GEJ do name the street in office, whoever come after him will rename it. Incompetent presidency, that is clueless, tactless and visionless, instead of alleviating Nigerians sufferings through well thought approach to Boko haram and Niger delta criminals activities stoppage, their are focusing on his 2nd term and renaming a street for his incompetentence.


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