By Johnbosco Agbakwuru
Calabar – The National Association of Seadogs, NAS, otherwise known as Pyrates Confraternity has condemned the recent destruction of lives and property in some parts of Northern Nigeria and warned that no amount of violence can upturn the mandate given to President Goodluck Jonathan.
NAS, one of the 291 organizations accredited by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to monitor the elections wondered why some people should take laws into their hands to destroy peoples’ property in an election that was adjudged the freest and fairest in recent times in the country.
In a statement signed by the NAS Capon, Oscar Egwuonwu and made available to Vanguard in Calabar, Cross River State, the association expressed surprise at the scale of destruction in Kaduna and other states in the North over the declaration of President Goodluck Jonathan as winner of the April Presidential polls.
“Aggrieved politicians must caution their followers and be guided by constitutionally established channels for resolution of disputes resulting from elections. We must add that no amount of violence can upturn the mandate freely given by Nigerians to Jonathan and Sambo for the next four years.
The Association considered it as barbarism the reported destruction of property belonging to the Vice-President Architect Namadi Sambo, palace of the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Ado Bayero and other prominent Nigerians in the recent mayhem by hoodlums over the outcome of the presidential elections.
“It is with utter disgust and dismay that we received the news of wide-spread violence in the Northern parts of the country over the outcome of the just – concluded presidential polls in which President Goodluck Jonathan emerged victorious, after sweeping the polls across the country, including seven northern states.
“The National Association of Seadogs condemns these acts of political brigandage orchestrated by politicians of very weak resolve. In particular, the Association is irked by the alleged torching of a property belonging to Vice-President Namadi Sambo in Kaduna, parts of the palace of emir of Kano, Alhaji Ado Bayero and other properties belonging to prominent members of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, and non – indigenes resident in those parts.