Ex-Militants Issued A Threat Against Obasanjo, Buhari
Former militant leaders from Nigeria’s Niger Delta zone last weekend have issued a threat against the ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo and the presidential aspirant of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Muhammadu Buhari.
They warned Obasanjo, Buhari to stop initiating Nigerians against President Goodluck Jonathan’s government. The ex-militants noted that the constant diminishment of Mr. Jonathan could cause disagreement along ethnic and religious lines.
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The ex-militant while speaking as members of the Leadership, Peace and Cultural Development Initiatives (LPCDI), figures opposed that Nigeria’s security and peace was being threatened by the hate campaigns by different political parties ahead of the presidential election, continuing that the regular media attacks on President Jonathan’s administration by former president was further heating up Nigeria.
In a comment after the group’s meeting, Reuben Wilson, its leader, better known as General Pastor Reuben, warned ex-President Obasanjo to think carefully before issuing disturbing comments against Mr. Jonathan.
“We are advising Obasanjo to think very well before he takes any further action. It should be known that Nigerians are watching him closely and monitoring his utterances and actions against President Goodluck Jonathan,” the group said.
They added: “Nigerians are aware that because President Goodluck Jonathan refused to dance to his tunes as a perceived stooge, Obasanjo’s attacks [have] become a dangerous and threatening comic relief to the unity of the country. Obasanjo should stop instigating Nigerians against Jonathan through his utterances. Rather he should be grateful to Goodluck Jonathan completing all his abandoned projects, like the East-West Road.”
The group said that Mr. Obasanjo should give credit to the incumbent president for implementation most of the projects given by the ex-president.
“This should be the gesture from a political father to his son. Why can’t he assist his son Goodluck Jonathan to take Nigeria to the next level? Why is Obasanjo pulling down Jonathan’s administration to cause disunity in the country? We advise him to have a rethink before it is too late.”
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The ex-militants also cautioned General Buhari against the use of religion and ethnicity in the current political campaigns.
It said: “We call on the APC and General Buhari to have a rethink over the use of religion and ethnicity to campaign against Jonathan's re-election.” “Why is the APC using the fact that Jonathan is from a smaller geographical area to oppress him? Why can't they argue based on what Jonathan has done and what he has not?”
It should be noted that the Niger Delta Ex-militants threatened to plunge war if President Jonathan fails in the presidential poll.
However, the caution by the former Niger Delta militants which has generated a lot of criticism from well-meaning Nigerians across the country like the former minister of Defence, Theophilus Danjuma.
But later ex-militants dropped their earlier threats. Instead, they have begged with Nigerians to re-elect Goodluck Jonathan.