Terror attacks: Ijaw leader drums up support for Jonathan

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(m) at 27-04-2012 05:43AM (8 years ago)

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Written by Tunde Oyesina, Abuja Friday, 27 April 2012
AN Ijaw leader from Bayelsa State, Senator John Brambifa, has appealed to Nigerians to support President Goodluck Jonathan in his bid to tame the Boko Haram insurgency.
Warning against attacks on the president, the former senator warned that national stability and security might be endangered if anything untoward should happen to President Jonathan.
Reacting to statements credited to Alhaji Lawan Kaita and other Northern groups, Brambifa declared that the Ijaw nation was watching unfolding events in the country closely and declared that the Niger Delta people were ready to defend their son.
“We know there is a deliberate campaign to pull the president down, to mess him up among the citizenry. Let me say this, nothing untoward should happen to our son. He hails from South-South and our people will not take it lightly for their man to be pulled down. Our people will react seriously,” he said.
Expressing surprise at the utterances of Alhaji Kaita, Brambifa said an elder statesman like Kaita should build rather than destroy, adding “if he wants the nation to break up, we are not afraid.
“If Kaita is preaching a break up, let it be. But Nigeria will not be break because Jonathan is running for second term in 2015. It would be because we are wrongly put together in the first place. We were managing the situation. It is like the centre cannot hold again going by the utterances of some northern leaders.
“They believe the country belongs to them. We in the Niger Delta are not afraid of a break up. If the North thinks they can stand on their own, let them make the move,” he said, adding that “we are not second class citizens of this great country.
“The north is not even monolithic. Which of the North will break away from the country? Those Northerners thinking of secession should do their math very well as the Middle Belt will not follow them,” Brambifa warned, adding that “challenges facing the president were man made.
“Boko Haram does not come from nowhere. It is a tool to make Nigeria ungovernable for the president. We all know insurgency is not easy to tackle,” he said, adding that “detractors of the president are now using alleged 2015 ambition to further blackmail the president.
“President Goodluck does not get power drunk as a president. He is God fearing and believe due democratic process should guide his actions. Nothing should happen to our son, Brambifa stated.
via Tribune