A group known as the Niger Delta Leaders Assembly, NDLA, has warned that henceforth, it would no longer take kindly to some regions of the country, individuals or groups, taking advantage of President Goodluck Jonathan’s right to a second term to deride the President or bring his exalted office to ridicule.
The region’s leaders, at the end of a session in Port Harcourt, River State, gave the warning to press home their displeasure over continued verbal assault on President Jonathan, particularly as contained in the 18-page controversial letter from former President Olusegun Obasanjo.
Making this known in an address by its President, Dr. Carson Agidah and Acting Secretary-General, Samuel Abasiekong-Abasiekong, the NDLA said: “We shall not go to war with anybody, neither shall we antagonise any government, political parties, their members or leaderships, but we advise all disgruntled persons to allow the President, our son, govern the country without interference and seek re-election as other presidents did.
“We remind Obasanjo that phenomena like insecurity and corruption were born in Nigeria by past administrations, started crawling in past administrations and started walking and running in Obasanjo’s administration.
“The former president should have arrested, prosecuted and executed them, but he didn’t do so. So, if in Jonathan’s time insecurity and corruption have developed wings and are flying, should Jonathan be blamed?”
While expressing appreciation to the former president for playing a major role in the emergence of a Niger Deltan as President, the NDLA stressed that recognizing that patriotic act for his motherland was not enough for the former president to turn Mr. Jonathan into a slave.
“On the alleged killer squad owned by Jonathan, every Nigerian knows those things do not look like Jonathan at all.
“If Obasanjo knows where someone is training a killer squad to kill some Nigerians, he should be invited by security agencies to show where the training is taking place and who owns them,” the group said.
On 2015, the group said Mr. Jonathan’s contest in the elections was beyond him now as they insisted that he will vie for a second term in office and would be sponsored by NDLA members.
“The entire Niger Delta is sending him and we shall buy his form to stand the election. There is an indisputable fact that his administration has been better than former administrations”, it said.