By Emma Amaize
WARRI—THE Niger Delta People’s Volunteer Force and Niger Delta People’s Salvation Front, NDPVF/NDPSF, led by Alhaji Mujahid Dokubo-Asari, have taken a swipe at President Goodluck Jonathan, over his recent declaration that “the convocation of a Sovereign National Conference, SNC, of ethnic nationalities to determine the terms of our collective existence was highly irrelevant and unnecessary.”
The groups in a statement by its spokesman, Mr Rex Anighoro, said, “we at NDPVF and NDPSF as well as our allies and coalition of associates, condemn in very strong terms, this highly rapacious statement and do consider it as most unfortunate and an absurdity of the extreme.”
”It is regrettable, that the Nigerian President has decided to engage in the macabre dance by shooting himself on the foot in his haste to satisfy certain monstrous political interest, who indeed will be so glad to hear and see the President make this kind of gaffe, that will pitch the President against the progressive revolutionary forces that conservative forces, which General Olesegun Obasanjo and certain Northern elements like Mallam Adamu Ciroma represent, hold with torrential acerbity”.
The groups, therefore, called on the Nigerian President “to retract this statement that has the proclivity of sparking violent protest across the Nigerian state”.
It also explained, “The call for SNC is not peculiar to the Niger Delta Region alone as the South West, South East regions and many Northern ethnic nationalities, Nigerians in Diaspora, as well as religious groups like the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, PFN, led by the visionary Papa Ayo Oritsejafor have also been in the forefront of the call for SNC”.
”We wish to state without fear or favor and make it trenchantly pellucid that only the convocation of Sovereign National Conference (SNC) can solve Nigeria woes as the 1999 Constitution, which also created the so called National Assembly are all products of fraud imposed on us by the military aberration.
We call on the Nigerian President to do what is true and right by ensuring the convocation of a Sovereign National Conference as this would be his greatest legacy.
History beckons”, it said.
”We are further saddened that the Nigerian President could ascribe to the living memory of our revered hero and legend, the very symbol of the Niger _Delta Liberation Struggle, The Late Major Isaac Jaspero Adaka Boro, as a militant as well as tracing militancy to him.
This statement is so despicable that one wonders what has happened to Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, who without doubt, is a beneficiary of the ideals and struggle that Major Isaac Jaspeo Adaka Boro lived and died for. We are totally alarmed and scandalized at this great betrayal”, it posited.