Bola Tinubu, national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), wants Nigerians to hold President Goodluck Jonathan responsible should anything happen to him.
According to Tinubu, stern-looking soldiers had been stationed at Bourdillon road Ikoyi, where his private residence is situated, since Sunday. He expressed belief that the soldiers were targeting him.
“Nigerians and the south-west should hold the Jonathan-led military responsible if any harm or danger comes to Tinubu and his family.
The case of the ‘Unknown Soldier’ is too recent in our memory,” his media office said in a statement.
“This morning, Tuesday, two vans from the army were stationed on both sides of the house along Bourdillon road, their missions shrouded in secrecy. “They stationed about 500 metres away from Tinubu’s gate.
Later, they moved close to his gate as if they wanted to enter the premises. The stern-looking soldiers were around for hours on Sunday and returned on Monday to continue their surveillance.”
Tinubu said he would not be intimidated by “this show of strength, intimidation and possible harassment”.
“I remain resolute in my advocacy and support for the rule of law,” he said. “Jonathan’s government has through the service chiefs staged a coup against Nigerians and the constitution and now wants to silence his critics.
“I will not be muzzled through the barrel of the gun. The guns and bullets they should use to defeat Boko Haram are now being turned against the opposition and innocent Nigerians.”