Niger Delta activist and former Minister for Environment, AnnKio Briggs, has attacked Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State for inviting former President Olusegun Obasanjo to the state.
She said Obasanjo did not pick former President Goodluck Jonathan because of his love for Ijaw and Niger Delta, but for self-interest.
Describing the former president as an enemy of the Niger Delta region, Briggs warned that anyone joining Obasanjo to “fight” President Muhammadu Buhari, does so at his or her own risk.
Briggs, in a statement yesterday, also vowed that the people of the region will not cast the votes for Buhari come 2019, but insisted that the advice not to do so should not come from Obasanjo.
She said, “His (Obasanjo) visit confirms that Ijaw politicians are in politics for themselves and not Ijaw nation.
“Obasanjo should have been taken to Odi before he leaves Bayelsa to enable those who survived the Odi massacre confer on him a traditional title.”
She said the visit of the former president was “dancing on the graves”, adding “May the over 4000 innocent Odi women, men, old and young, youths and children who were shelled, bombed, drowned, and murdered by Olusegun Obasanjo through the Nigeria Army haunt him.
“He did not pick Dr. Goodluck Jonathan as Vice President for the love of Ijaw or Niger Delta people, he did not support him in 2011 for love of Ijaw or Niger Delta people, but did so for his own selfish reasons, and when Jonathan did not be please him as president, he turned against him.”
Reacting to Obasanjo’s advice to President Buhari not to run for second term, Briggs said, “He is getting set to fight Buhari and he is pretending to be a friend of Ijaw and Niger Delta people.
“Anyone who joins Obasanjo to fight Buhari is doing so at his or her own risk, Ijaw people will not vote for Buhari and we don’t need Obasanjo to tell us that.”