BY Emma Amaize
WARRI—Human rights activists in the Niger Delta have advised the North to exercise patience till 2019 to retake power from the South.
The activists, in Warri, Delta State, said: “By 2019, President Goodluck Jonathan, who we have endorsed for a second term for equity to prevail in the country, would have completed his second tenure and the Presidency will then be open for them.”
Convener of the meeting, Mr. Austin Ozobo, who spoke to Vanguard, said: “The activists unanimously concluded that the North should wait till 2019 after Jonathan’s second term would have elapsed, to wrest power, and there is no vacancy in the Presidency for now.
“The North has benefited more than the South in the Jonathan administration and we wonder why some of its leaders are not acknowledging his efforts. We are, indeed, surprised that despite the development strides and provision of amenities by the Jonathan administration in the North, compared to the South-South, South-East and South-West, some northern leaders are still not grateful.”
The activists argued that no previous President was barred from contesting for a second tenure, saying, “so, it is Jonathan’s right likewise to run for a second term to fulfill his constitutional obligations.”
They said that those opposing Jonathan’s second term were threatening the peace of the country and should refrain from same.
“It is the position of people of the South-South and Niger Delta that whoever fights Jonathan does not mean well for southern Nigeria,” they added.