By Kenneth Ehigiator
LAGOS—The Izon Community in Lagos, yesterday, warned against attempts by some Northern leaders to intimidate President Goodluck Jonathan out of the 2011 presidential race.
President, Izon Community in Lagos, Mr Regent Youmor, said Izon youths in particular, and the generality of young persons in the Niger Delta, were ready to defend the president with everything at their disposal.
Mr Youmor, who spoke against the backdrop of recent scathing attacks on President Jonathan by other presidential aspirants from the North, noted that no particular region of the country had monopoly of violence, stressing that the Izon would not sit by and see their own hounded out of the presidential race, simply because of where he hails from.
“We want to warn that we are ready to match extremists from the North, who think this country belongs to them alone. Nigeria belongs to all of us and we all have equal stake in the Nigerian project, and we will, therefore, not tolerate any intimidation and harassment of the president,” Youmor said.
He blamed the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, for the crisis generated by zoning in the polity, adding “we, the Izon asked him to contest, so the question of holding him accountable for that does not exist. Even if he didn’t want to contest, we have now asked him to do so.”
Youmor noted that the president had, within his short stay in office, done well in all spheres of development, stressing that if he was voted in next year, he would have consolidated himself in office and be able to work for Nigeria, irrespective of whose ox is gored.
He dismissed insinuations that the President had no mind of his own, and noted that the recent shake up in the military was a demonstration of what he could do in future, if he was returned to office in 2011.