The ljaw National Congress (INC) has issued a note of warning to the administration of Muhammadu Buhari over his criticisms and disrespect for the immediate past president, Dr Goodluck Jonathan.
A statement jointly signed by the National President and Publicity Secretary of the body, Alatubo Charles Harry and Victor Burubo (Pastor), said the selfless act and huge sacrifice Dr Goodluck Jonathan paid to avert impending catastrophe during the 2015 general election, was left unrecognized and unappreciated, rather he is been castigated, his image tarnished by the government of the day
“Since he left office in May 2015, having traded his ambition to buy Nigeria respite from acrimony, violence and bloodshed, INC, Ijaw people, all Nigerians and indeed the world has viewed with unspeakable shock, the various attempts by officials of the succeeding Government under President Muhammadu Buhari, to tarnish the image of former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan GCFR. There is a constant and well-programmed diatribe and instigation of animosity against the civilized personage of former President Jonathan and his comparatively successful tenure under a barrage of attacks and vilifications”
The statement maintained that the INC was still at loss why the government of the day has not seen him worthy of credit or acknowledgement of any sort for his patriotism, honesty and passion for the Nigeria unity.
“We view with consternation the government’s unethical refusal to afford him any credit or plaudits for his honest, patriotic and pan-Nigerian approach to governance.”
The statement further reads: Regardless of that however Dr. Jonathan remains a core democrat and an International Statesman who currently enjoys a sterling image on the world stage.
Ijaw National Congress, frowns at the cheap, disingenuous and petulant attempt by officials to finger him as a sponsor of any armed group anywhere in the world. We hereby warn the Minister of Information Mr Lai Mohammed, who has issued a mish-mash of pointless conjecture and innuendo such as: “belief in certain quarters that the former President is a sponsor of the Avengers has refused to go away”. How crass can one get in Goebellsian double-speak!
The statement cautioned as well admonished the government of the day on the dangers on this act of ingratitude and provocations in the mind of Nigerians, and warned that such act should stop henceforth. It however advised them to face critical issues on governance, rather than trivial issues.
“The studied silence of former President Jonathan and the equanimity of Nigerians in the face of such irresponsible provocation cannot be allowed to continue.
Let the word go forth from now: the continued vilification of Dr Goodluck Jonathan, GCFR, former President of Nigeria is unacceptable to us and must stop. Nigeria has a far greater weight of grim and crucial issues to deal with, rather this petty fixation with rubbishing the image of a former President who saved the Nation from certain calamity. This time enough is simply enough!”