Opposition owe their existence to Jonathan –SGF

Secretary to the Government the Federation, Senator Anyim Pius Anyim

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Anyim Pius Anyim, has said that the opposition political parties in the country owe their existence to President Goodluck Jonathan.

“We created the political opposition movement. The opposition movements owe their existence and activities to President Goodluck Jonathan,” Anyim said on Tuesday night at the presidential dinner organised by the alumni association of the University of Port Harcourt.

The SGF represented the President at the event, which held at the International Conference Centre.

Jonathan, who was a member of the 1981 pioneer class of UNIPORT, shelved attendance at the dinner organised in his honour by his former school mates at the eleventh hour as a result of the bombings in Kano and Yobe states by Boko Haram.

Anyim said Jonathan had vowed to deliver the fundamentals of democracy in Nigeria and that the President never wished to remain perpetually in power but to expand the political atmosphere for wider participation.

He said, “Unlike what many people thought, you know when the opposition try to make so much noise, one thing we know is that you cannot win election in Nigeria through propaganda.

“We are enjoying what is happening. We created it. The enhanced political environment is what the opposition is enjoying. If they abuse it, do not mind. It does not matter. It does not challenge us.

“Since the beginning of democracy in 1999, I have played active roles. I have encountered three Presidents. My tenure as Senate President was greeted by the struggle to guarantee the independence of democracy. Under Jonathan, I played a role in the democratisation process of our polity, which is actually the content that democracy brings to what one asks for.

“If you do not have the freedom to speak, the basic idea of achieving the fundamentals will be lacking.”

Also at the event, the Minister of Education, Ibrahim Shekarau, said that the present administration had provided unfettered access to education and raised the quality tremendously.

He said that about 130 functional Almajiri schools, 12 new universities and new polytechnics had been created in the past four years.

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