IPOB: "Kanu's Insult to Jonathan,a failed attempt to blackmail Niger Delta"–Ex-Bayelsa Council Chairman
..ask FG to stop alleged persecution of ex-NIMASA boss, others
Hon. Bello Bina, the immediate past Chairman of Brass Local Government Council Area of Bayelsa State, has described as "a failed blackmail" the recent criticism of the Former President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan by the IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu.
The IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu.had recently blasted ex-President Goodluck Jonathan and blamed him for the problems Nigeria is facing.
According to Nnamdi in the Interview Dr. Goodluck Jonathan was a weak leader, and he wished it was his wife Patience Jonathan who was in charge of the country.
According to Hon. Bello Bina, though the attempts by the IPOB and it's leadership to hoodwink many geographical region into the ongoing agitation, the insult on some prominent indigenes of Niger Delta is disrespectful and a clear attempt to blackmail the prople of the region to support acts of seccession and national Unity.
According to Bina, "We, the people of the Niger Delta and particularly, Bayelsa State are aware of the failed attempts by the IPOB leadership to draw the people of the region into the controversy and agitation against the Nigerian Nation. We want Kanu and many of his followers to stop the insults and castigation against our leaders particularly Dr. Goodluck Jonathan."
"We are calling on the IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu to show maximum respect to the Niger Delta Leaders and not display his lack of culture and respect in the public. The refusal of the Niger Delta people to join those supporting the agitation is not the making of anyone. We are the Niger Delta people not part of the Igbos."
" On the alleged display of weakness and complicity in the Nation's woe as disrespectfully attributed to Dr. Goodluck Jonathan. The six years of Dr. Goodluck Jonathan was among the best for the people of the South East region with various federal government presence made available to the people. Jonathan ran an all inclusive government which touched all parts of the country."
"Nnamdi Kanu should tender to Dr. Goodluck Jonathan and the people of the Niger Deltanan unreserved apology for the irresponsible statements made on the six years administration of Dr. Jonathan. We are given him 30 days to withdraw the statement and tender an apology."
On the decision of the Federal Government to sustain the prosecution some aides to the Former President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan including the Former NIMASA Director- General, Patrick Akpobolokemi.
Hon. Bello Bina, who is also a Peace advocate, called on the Federal Government to take a second look at the cases against the prominent sons and daughters of the Niger Delta and find a way to resolve the cases out of Court, " these Niger Delta sons and daughter are useful and vital to the issue of sustained peace in the region."
It would be recalled that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC had declared wanted the foremost Ex-Militant in the region,High Chief Government Ekpemupolo alias Tompolo and re-arraigned former Director-General of the Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, Patrick Akpobolokemi and five others on a fresh 22-counts N2.6 billion theft charged before a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos.