By Emma Amaize
WARRI—FRONT for Ijaw Survival and Hope, FISH, and the Niger Delta Intellectuals Council for Good Governance, NDICGG, have dismissed the calls for the arrest of the Chairman of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, PAP, Mr. Kingsley Kuku, and former militant leader, Alhaji Asari Dokubo, over their comments on 2015 Presidency as “political hypocrisy.”
In a statement by Solomon Aloba and Prince Afoke Okporua for FISH and NDICGG, respectively, the groups urged Governor Babangida Aliyu of Niger State, Arewa Youth Forum and the House of Representatives, which reportedly called for the arrests, to support the transformation agenda of the Goodluck Jonathan Presidency.
They said: “We say it is political hypocrisy because during the Yar’Adua’s administration, Datti Ahmed, the head of Islamic Council threatened Nigeria’s peace and unity.
“Also the former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar called for violent change and Muhammadu Buhari talked of the monkey and baboons been soaked in blood if 2015 election is unfavourable to him and no one called for their arrest.”
Warning they would resist attempts to intimidate Jonathan out of office, the Niger Delta groups said beyond poverty and underdevelopment in the North, the Boko Haram violence was “a political mechanism by some northern political interests to re-negotiate way back to the number one political position in the country.”
They said those who believe that Niger Deltans bearing the wealth used to sustain the nation are inferior partners and should not govern Nigeria “should not expect we would allow our resources to be used to run and sustain Nigeria.”