“It is no longer golden to keep quiet as things are already going wrong in the Jonathan’s presidency. I want to start with an Ijaw proverb which says: the eyes watched its seven children to death, instead of advising them, it was just looking at them until they died. While the mouth talked its only child to life and success. We have continued as Ijaw people and the entire Niger Delta and south-south to support the presidency of President Goodluck Jonathan, but a time has come when silent cannot be golden. We must speak out on issues that are very critical to the survival of our people, the survival of the people of the south-south and the south-east which is the political based of Goodluck Jonathan. Jonathan is surrendered by very greedy people who are only in the presidency to enrich themselves at the expense of Goodluck himself. This brings us to another Kalabari proverb which says: where there are elders, a goat cannot be allowed to deliver tied to a stick. If we don’t talk and we continue to brush it aside, tomorrow we will be blamed and people will say: Mujahid Dokubo-Asari was around, when Goodlcuk Jonathan was president, and he didn’t talk, then I will be an accomplice and accessory after the fact.” – stated the leader of the Niger Delta Volunteer Force (NDVF) Mojahid Asari-Dokubo today, Friday December 14, 2012 in Abuja as he declared President Goodluck Jonathan’s 2015 re-election bid as exercise in futility. The NDVF leader added further that Mr. President may not be able to win the 2015 Presidential elections in the country.
Information available to 247ureports.com indicates that back in March of 2012, Asari-Dokubo declared that Jonathan will win the presidential election in 2015.
The NDVF leader pointed to the task awaiting President Jonathan as “uphill task” because of the people that the President surrounded himself with – who have managed to ostracize the people who had help Jonathan’s accession to the office of Presidency – people like former president Obasanjo.
“First, there was no need for Goodluck Jonathan whatsoever, to disagree with Olusegun Obasanjo. I don’t like Obasanjo, I don’t like his face, I hate him, but he was instrumental in bringing Goodluck Jonathan to power. And the greedy people around Jonathan have not managed him enough, to the extent that the president and people around him will allow Jonathan to disagree with Obasanjo openly. And if you check, all the people who supported Goodluck Jonathan and fought to bring him to power, have openly disagreed with him, what was the cause of these disagreements, these are the questions we want to put to the president.”
Asari also spoke on the fears harbored by the people of the south south region – as per the slot of presidency come 2015. His words, “It is alarming because the south-south must have its uninterrupted eight years tenure which is constitutional, but with how things are going under Jonathan’s watch, we are afraid that we may not be able to have our eight years tenure, because there will be no magic about it if it is going to be one man one vote. Some people say Obasanjo is manipulating Goodluck Jonathan, that is why Jonathan is disagreeing with him, and we ask: what Goodluck Jonathan government has achieved to show that it is a departure from other governments that have existed since 1956? For us, nothing has changed. It is still business as usual. So what are the advise that Obasanjo gave to Jonathan that were so difficult for him to fulfill, that made him decide to fall out with Obasanjo?”
The aggrieved Niger Delta leader added that Obasanjo was instrumental in manipulated the process that illegally removed Diepreye Alamieyeseigha as governor of Bayelsa State and installed Jonathan as governor – making him Vice President – fighting for him to become acting president and then president of the federal republic of Nigeria.
According to Asari, Jonathan’s sudden unexplained alienation is not relegated to Obasanjo alone. “There are so many people who supported Goodluck Jonathan, some have been pushed out by those who were not there to give him any support, while some others are trapped and they cannot talk. Monkey no fine, but the mama like am, but then the ugly monkey becomes so rascal, the mother will desert it because if the mother continue liking the ugly monkey in it rascality, she too will die with the ugly monkey, after she has more than one monkey child.”
Asari also pointed blame at some of Jonathan’s cabinet members. In his words, “So, some of us are tempted to ask this question: why are all these things happening? Why has the president allowed some ministers like Godsday Orubebe to continue in government? Every day people die in the east-west road, if Orubebe is incompetent as he has shown himself to be, he should be removed. Nobody voted for Orubebe. And why is Orubebe so important to the president that he can’t remove him even in the face of his obvious incompetence and several allegations to corruption.”
“Orubebe was one of us, he was attending meetings with us, sleeping on the ground with us, entering night bus with us, and we nominated him to be appointed a minister, we have gone to him and complained to him that we don’t like the way things are going in his ministry, and told him that if the president leaves in 2015 without the completion of the east-west road, we are finished. And the man kept telling us there is no money. When IBB was there, there was money, when Abacha was there, there was money, when other people where there, there was money, how come the money disappeared when Jonathan got there. Orubebe will account for the death in the east-west road.”
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