Concerned indigenes of the Niger Delta region, on Tuesday, described as ‘an orchestrated lie” the accusation levelled against former President Goodluck Jonathan as being part of the sponsors of the Niger Delta Avengers.
President Muhammadu Buhari bids farewell to the former President Dr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan after a close door meeting at the State House in Abuja
They assured President Muhammadu Buhari that Dr. Jonathan has no plan to destabilize the nation.
The concerned Niger Delta indigenes, under the aegis of the Coalition of Niger Deltans for Justice and Development (CNDJD), said the former President has proved himself to be meek and honest man with the unity and togetherness of Nigeria uppermost in his heart.
According to the group, the allegation of sponsoring militancy against Dr. Goodluck Jonathan is a deliberate attempt to set him on a war part with the incumbent President, Mohammadu Buhari.
The Concerned Niger Delta indigenes, in a statement issued in Yenagoa and signed by its National Coordinator, Comrade Ebiakpo Barle, stated that those behind the false allegation against Jonathan were disappointed by his peaceful disposition towards the defeat during the last Presidential election against their false prediction on dismemberment of the nation.
“These dissatisfied and angry elements after their failed predictions are fanning ember of disunity, destabilization, disintegration and liquidation of Nigeria.
“They are plotting to set the former President, Goodluck Jonathan and President Muhammadu Buhari on a collision course with consequence that could be monumental.
“It is an inhuman and diabolic plan to distract President Buhari from the ongoing anti-corruption war. It is unfortunate that these elements are not aware of President Buhari position on Dr. Goodluck Jonathan with the consistent open declaration and respect for voluntarily conceding defeat during the last election.
“We appreciate President Buhari for his statement, confidence and trust reposed so far in former President Goodluck Jonathan and call on him to shun and dismiss any though that his predecessor is involved with a militant group in the Niger Delta region.
“Let President Buhari be assured that Jonathan has no link with persons in these groups and has nothing to do with their activities. He has no plans to make Nigerian ungovernable for either President Buhari or the Federal Government.
“We believe any existence of such is in the pigment of myopic mindset and cynical imagination of those evil elements who wants to visit Jonathan with wickedness and plunge the country into chaos,” the group.
On the posture of the Former President, Goodluck Jonathan on the ongoing anti-corruption campaign by President Mohammadu Buhari, the indigenes of the Niger Delta insisted that the former President have been silent and have never criticize the present administration.
“The former President knows corruption is endemic and has come a long way in the life of Nigeria hence he tackled it the much and best he could while in office. So, like everyone else, he expects President Buhari now saddled with directing affairs of the nation to likewise improve on his performance in his own way and style for good governance to remedy things and to keep Nigeria afloat, united and moving forward in the interest of all.
“Dr. Jonathan’s only prayer, concern and desire as a believer in the rule of law and the sanctity of life, is for persons alleged of corruption and other offences is for them to be brought to open court to face proper speedy trial and within time frame provided by the specific law for the particular crime in the interest of justice,” the group noted.a