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Obasanjo’s letter, attack on Niger Delta — Ijaw groups


The Ijaw Republican Assembly has condemned the letter sent to President Goodluck Jonathan by former President Olusegun Obasanjo, describing it as an attack on the oil-producing South-South geopolitical zone.


The spokesperson of the Ijaw group, Annkio Briggs, in an interview with newsmen said by writing the letter, Obasanjo sought to throw Nigeria into turmoil and turn around to blame Jonathan for it.

Briggs said the letter was born out of Obasanjo’s frustration due to Jonathan’s refusal to allow him rule the country indirectly.

She said, “It is really sad for Obasanjo to have written such a letter to Jonathan. I find it such a pity that a man like Obasanjo can at this particular time want to throw Nigeria into turmoil, because his letter was not just an attack on Jonathan as a person but an attack on the South-South, and our right to produce a President. This is the way we are looking at it from the Niger Delta.”

The group accused Obasanjo of throwing the PDP into disarray, adding that the former President was not in a position to accuse Jonathan of corruption.

The group also warned that if Jonathan was not allowed to contest for a second term in 2015, the people of the Niger Delta would ensure that other regions of the country do not get the proceeds of the oil and gas in the region.

Also, on Friday, the Niger Delta Youth Administrative Council flayed former President Olusegun Obasanjo for allegedly writing a derogatory letter to President Goodluck Jonathan, describing the letter as a distraction to the Federal Government.

A member of the council, Marvin Yobana, who spoke on behalf of the council in Abuja on Friday stated that Obasanjo had no moral justification to ask Jonathan not to contest for re-election in 2015.

Yobana, who is the African representative in World Association of Youths, stated that Obasanjo should tread the path of reconciliation and statesmanship like the late South African President, Nelson Mandela, instead of writing letters capable of over-heating the polity.

The youth leader admitted that the former president had the right to advise Jonathan, but noted that his letter should not be sensational or derogatory. He stressed that he should rather support the current administration to actualise its goals of generating employment and reforming the power sector, among others.

The National Coordinator, North Central/South-East of the Niger Delta Peoples’ Volunteer Force, Emmanuel Amakiri, who also reacted to Obasanjo’s letter to President Jonathan, pleaded with the former leader not to overheat the polity with politically hostile words, noting that the decision to seek re-election belonged to Jonathan and the Nigerian electorate.

He said, “Obasanjo was instrumental to Jonathan’s emergence as president and he is therefore expected to interface with those pressuring Jonathan not to contest, instead of trying to stop the President from contesting for re-election. We plead with Obasanjo to look at the issue with equity and fairness and stop overheating the polity with provocative letters.”

In an eight-page letter to Jonathan, Obasanjo criticised the present administration, accusing the President of being ineffective in governance and fighting corruption, and also allowing himself to be possessed by some people of the Ijaw nationality.
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37 comments

  1. This is why Nigeria will never move forward. What a shame. Is sad that the letter is coming from OBJ but you must note that every content in that letter is true and does not rule out the fact that Jonathan's adminstration has witnessed the highest rate of corruption, insecurity challenges, highest umployment rate and so on. Please lets all try to keep tribalism aside and think of ways to better this country. I rest my case.

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  2. The only person that spoke sense is Emmanuel Amakiri. Others are talking from there nose. Again let me warn every one of you, nobody, I repeat no body is saying Jonathan will not contest. From the look of things and especially the way the Ijaws are going about 2015 election, your Jonathan can't win. Remember you guys are not making things easy for him. Every day I read how you insults people from especially the major ethnic group, yet you want Jonathan to win an election where majority is expected to carry the day. Again when OBJ fixed Jonathan and Yar'dua, did you guys come out and hail OBJ like you are criticising now?. The man knows you all, very soon you will hear him say he laughing, you know he's a comedian (Baba sala sorry, ok, Baba yabo) We don't need leadership by sentiment, this has been our problem. I bet you if you bring Tam David West today to contest with Jonathan, responsible Nigerians knows the winner before the result is announced. Please let's called a spade a it is known for. Down deep in your heart you aspire to see Nigeria amongst committee of nations with good representation.

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  3. Everything is an insult to Ijaw people, even the truth! To hell with your cursed oil; it has brought nothing but misery and sorrow to all since the day it was found. Eat, sleep and drink crude oil!

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  4. Instead of you people to rationally advise your son to address the issue's raised in the letter you're busy regionaliasing a serious issue like this. WHAT A PITY.

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  5. I'm sorry for Naija.instead of pple to advise GEJ to address the issues raised in d letter,u r just shouting.we need way forward not insulting pple .OBJ has done his on part. @least he came up publicly to advise GEJ b4 it is too late.he is better than any any silent political nd religious leader in d country

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  6. Nigeria as a nation has gone through a lot in the hands of the greedy politicians who have no regard for Nigeria and Nigerians except thier pocket. Exchange of insults will not solve our problems: RISE UP CONCERNED NIGERIANS, LETS KILL THE MONSTER.

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  7. Dis Ijaw people in dis our south, south are too myopc. Dnt they knw dat democracy is a game of majotiry? Hw do they tink can use threat of oil to win 2015 instead of lobbyin

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  8. D die is cast! GEJ was misled & possesd by ethnic exponent like asari & clerk who tink issuing threat wil be useful than lobbyin major tribes

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  9. A kind advise is now been ethnicised, GEJ hw long wil it take u 2 respond 2 dis weighty allegatn

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  10. Comr.David Amadi..1ht happend in Ivory coast bw Allanssan Quartara & Lauren Gbagbor wil repeat itself in 2015. I have seen GEJ been dragged 2 ICC at hague after a bloody disputed election in d spiritual realm

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  11. GEJ is d lauren Gbagbor in ICC net. Deceivd by ethnic fundamentalist like Asari & Clerk

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  12. GEJ wil regret afta a highly bloody 2015 election charaterisd by disapearance of many oppostion leaders more than d 1000 reveal by OBJ

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  13. Can't nigeria survived witout oil ? Dis Niger Delta Ijaws are senseless...David Amadi frm PHC

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  14. Hw many ijaw pple risk dia life 2 d emergence of GEJ? It was OBJ against all odd made him president.Nw he allow himself 2 b possessd by greedy Ijaw fundamentalist

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  15. Wow to GEJ ! 4get 4/et 2015 & save Nigeria. Is d. Above 9trillion stolen via NNPC not enough 4 u?

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  16. I foresaw massive diapearance of politicai leader frm oppostion by GEJ snipers in 2015 n his desperation 2 win

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  17. GEJ came as a humble leader wit a perception as a messiah of Nigeria. Bt derail using ethnic & corruptional gimmick 4 2015 interest

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  18. Dis Ijaw pple are too clannish

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  19. Na waooo... Just GEJ selfish anbition 4 2015 is making US prediction about Nig disintegratn come tru

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  20. GEJ y not emulate MANDELA & 4get about 2015 . U hav fail 2 stem corruption , Two car 4 250m, NNPC 8trillion fraud, police pension scan, Nat assembly 40Billion rehabilitatn

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  21. We in Rivers state re not clannish & cannot support ethnic line against performance & good governance.GEJ must go

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  22. GEJ must go by 2015

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  23. GEJ is d highest theft in Nig history 4 stealin through NNPC 9trillion

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  24. IJAW people speak more than they can dia insignificant votin strenght

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  25. Can Ijew pple only wit dia infinistmal votin strenght extent GEJ mandate by 2015

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  26. IJAW people speak more than they can dia insignificant votin strenght

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  27. GEJ is d highest theft in Nig history 4 stealin through NNPC 9trillion

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  28. Comr.David Amadi..1ht happend in Ivory coast bw Allanssan Quartara & Lauren Gbagbor wil repeat itself in 2015. I have seen GEJ been dragged 2 ICC at hague after a bloody disputed election in d spiritual realm

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  29. If president Jonathan is the best the Ijaw nation can produce and you people are so proud of his achievements then,you should all bury yourselves in shame. When Obasanjo was in power the Yorubas were his greatest critics. This nation is far bigger than any of its constituent members. The Ijaws should stop this naked dance.

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  30. Like what one commentator has rightly said,these ijaw pple are not helping Jonathan at all. Instead of them to talk or comment sense they keep on abusing who ever say anything against Jonathan come 2015. We shall see if only you can make him to become president again. I they laugh o. Time will tell.

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  31. GOD! Give me money to leave this CURSED country b4 2015. I'll not want one IDIOT to SPILL my precious BLOOD in the name of ELECTION.

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  32. Go to Lagos and see the retched life that the so call Ijaws are living despite JEG in government, is that what you IJAW people want! We want any Nigerian who will correct the present anomalies to be at the helm of affair irrespective of his/her tribe so that we and our unborn generations can live a worthwhile life and not the nature of our present socio-economic and political apprehensions

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  33. That's why the answer is Buhari, maganin pia pia(gamalin 20 insecticides) .

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  34. Nigeria is too big for one person to rule let's divide it God pls

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  35. To the so called Ijaw Nation: I believe you people have far more competent, strong willed and intelligent people than GEJ. Present that candidate and we can assure you of plenty votes from the rest of the country. As for this incompetent, lilly livered GEJ, he cannot win in 2015, even if he rigs it. A word is enough for the wise o.

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  36. Crazy nd clueless Ijaw nation! Ur high level of illitracy wuld neva make u distinguish btw d presidency nd an Ijaw man as a president!

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