The Ijaw National Congress, INC, has on Wednesday, August 24, warned the Information and Culture Minister, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, to desist from further insulting the person of former President, Goodluck Jonathan.
The Congress also warned all officials of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration, to focus on weightier issues of governance and desist from actions that would portray Jonathan as corrupt.
INC, in a statement made available to Post-Nigeria and signed by the duo of Alatubo Charles Harry and Victor Burubo, listed as National President and National Publicity Secretary, said: “This time enough is simply enough!”
Taking a swipe at the Information Minister, INC, said his constant efforts to subtly link the ex-president with the sponsorship of militancy in the Niger Delta, had become “cheap, disingenuous and petulant”.
INC said in the statement tilted ‘Ijaw National Congress and Current State of The Nation’, that:
“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.”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. Regardless of that however Dr. Jonathan remains a core democrat and an International Statesman who currently enjoys a sterling image on the world stage”.
INC also re-emphasized its call on Federal Government to cease military action in the Niger Delta, as a way to peace and ceasefire.
It urged government to accede to its call for a 30-day moratorium on military action to enable stakeholders in the area work on ceasefire.
The statement reads in part:
“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.
“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. 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 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!“While Congress has constantly spoken in favour of dialogue and the cessation of the destruction of oil facilities in the Niger Delta, we view with trepidation, the militarization of the zone and heightened movements of combat troops, Apache attack helicopters and other military hardware in the creeks of the Niger Delta.“This cannot be good for the enhancement of a conducive atmosphere for dialogue.“INC therefore urges President Muhammadu Buhari to withdraw the troops, ease the tension and let dialogue be the only item on the table.“As a responsible Congress, we have, in a Press Conference held in Port Harcourt on Wednesday August 17th 2016, asked for 30 day moratorium on all military actions in the Niger Delta.“Let the Federal Government give a 30-day moratorium on their action and we will certainly get a ceasefire from the creeks.No government should use attrition, especially violent attrition, as the first way of resolving a problem within its own borders.“The time to act is now”.