Reactions have followed the threat by former Niger-Delta warlord, Asari Dokubo, that there would be no peace in Nigeria if President Goodluck Jonathan was not returned for a second term in 2015.
The Congress for Progressive Change, CPC, yesterday, dismissed Dokubo’s threat as empty, and urged Nigerians to “ignore the selfish campaign by the controversial ex-militant to remain relevant in the political arena, when he is not in any way working for the collective interest and well being of the generality of Nigerians, who are looking for genuine change and leadership come 2015.”
The party’s National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Rotimi Fashakin, told Vanguard, yesterday that Dokubo was merely seeking undeserved attention from the Presidency for pecuniary reasons, adding that he would change his position when the time comes.
“Dokubo will adjust the statement when that time comes. It is very easy for anyone to say anything when his stomach is full. When a truly people-oriented regime comes into power, he will adjust to the reality!
“Let no man’s heart fail on account of Dokubo’s boast. Nigeria belongs to all of us and its well-being is our collective responsibility,” Fashakin said.
Dokubo had at a news conference in Abuja last Friday, warned that there would be no peace in Nigeria if Jonathan was not re-elected for another term in 2015,adding that the relative peace in Nigeria today was because of Jonathan’s presidency and not the amnesty granted by late Umaru Yar’Adua and that Jonathan had performed more than any other Nigerian leader contrary to insinuations that he was weak.
He boasted that contrary to claims of his critics, Jonathan had transformed Nigeria in a way no other Nigerian leader had ever done.
In his reaction, President of the Arewa Youths Consultative Forum, Alhaji Yerima Shettima, asked the President to distance himself from those trying to give the impression that they love him more than other Nigerians.
“Jonathan should remember that most of these tribal warmongers, who are claiming to love him more than others, were working assiduously to frustrate his emergence as President, when some of us in the Save Nigeria Group were working round the clock for him.
“They should not forget all in a hurry that some persons particularly from the South-West and the North, stood their grounds against zoning and supported Jonathan’s emergence as the President. Why are they trying to appropriate the Presidency to a particular ethnic group today?
“But our sincere advice is that they should encourage Mr. President to work hard and earn the support of the people of Nigeria for a re-election rather than threaten to cause havoc in the country.
“Dokubo should desist from threatening and blackmailing other Nigerians over his kinsman because he does not have the monopoly of violence,” Yerima said.