Thursday, 12 November 2015

Niger Delta Chief Blames Jonathan For Poverty In Region

Niger Delta Chief Lambasts Jonathan
 
Queen Akabosa Duke-Abiola, a Kalabari chief in the Niger Delta region has blamed former president, Goodluck Jonathan for the lack of development in the region and hailed President Muhammadu Buhari for his integrity.

The Nation reports that the wife of late Chief Moshood Abiola blamed Jonathan for not allowing her to run for president.

“I tried to contest for the Presidency and I was cheated by Jonathan. So, we’re in court. My ambition was truncated. I was asked not to aspire. I was not even given the right to aspire after paying for nomination form. Jonathan insisted only one nomination form was to be printed and for himself alone.”

She said the arrest of the former minister for petroleum,Mrs. Diezani Alison- Madueke in London was a vindication to her.

“I have been vindicated. For the African continent, it is a very sad day that the seventh OPEC president should be humiliated to this level. When you heard that billions were stolen, what plan do they have for the money? Do they want to start the fourth world war?” she said, adding that the former President Goodluck Jonathan was responsible for all the stolen funds.

“As a Niger Deltan, I feel that Jonathan caused the entire problem. He was president and did not lift up his people. If you go to Niger Delta, there is no borehole. Only few months ago did his mom thank the JTF for making her a borehole in Otuoke.

“Under the rule of law, we call for fair trial, yet the will of justice should grind. The blind justice should bring down the sword of Domocles. In other words, the stolen funds, and it should quickly be brought back to develop the Niger Delta.”

Duke-Abiola blamed the Jonathan administration for the lack of development in the Niger Delta region.

“We ask why Niger Delta became more impoverished under Jonathan. No bridges, no water, no light, not even simple education for people to have confidence to aspire to greatness.”

She however credited former president, Umaru Musa Yar’Adua for the little development that the region has experienced.

“We feel cheated as a region. Ijaw people fought to have their own State – Bayelsa, we called it the glory land. But now, people don’t respect Jonathan or Madueke.

“People in Niger Delta are poor. You smell petrol in your fish. When you boil corn, the pot is full of petrol. When women have babies, sometimes, the umbilical cord is smelling like petrol.

“The United Nations found out in a 2011 study that oil pollution in the Ogoniland region of the Niger Delta is so severe and it would take decades to clean up.”

She said she has engaged in peace missions and philanthropic projects.

“I am affecting lives though the peace and conflict resolution. I meet with world leaders, the super powers, and I talk to them about the Boko Haram insurgency.”

She added that Nigerians should support President Buhari as he was a man of integrity.

About three weeks ago, it was reported that the road to the home of Jonathan was swallowed by flood after a heavy rain because the roads were not tarred.