- Some groups in Niger Delta has condemned Nnamdi Kanu's derogatory remark on former president Goodluck Jonathan
- The group cautioned the IPOB leader on his choice of words especially when in public
- The groups also said Kanu must be careful while speaking outside to avoid any form of misconstrued opinions over his comments
Some Niger Delta groups have condemned the comments credited to the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Nnamdi Kanu on the past Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan.
The group Niger Delta Security Watch of Nigeria (NDSWN), Ijaw Peoples Development Initiative, (IPDI), and Foundation for Human Rights and Anti-Corruption Crusade (FHRAAC) said Kanu's remarks that Goodluck Jonathan was incompetent can undermine the relationship between the East and the Niger Delta.
The groups led by Dickson Bekederemo, Austin Ozobo and Alaowei Cleric said while they agree with Kanu on some of his ideologies concerning the North and the unity of Nigeria, it is wrong for him to have spoken negatively about the former president.
The group further cautioned the IPOB leader to be mindful of this comments especially in public in order the avoid any form of misconstrued opinions.
“Why we want to totally disagree with Nnamdi Kanu is that due to the inordinate ambitious northern elite, no matter one’s selfless sacrifice to assuage their yearning, as long as political power is not in their hands, they will still hate the south.
“President Jonathan was neither ignorant, nor naive, but was caged nor he spent his tenure placating a region that see power as their birth right. The Arewa Consultative Forum love and adopt any southerner as their son if the southerner is a willing tool against his own people.
“While we are in agreement with Kanu on the issue of the north hating the south, we however, take exception to his assertion that President Jonathan was incompetent," the groups said.
“What does Nnamdi Kanu want from GEJ? That GEJ should have ruled with brute force like President Buhari? Or that he should have concentrated his developmental efforts only in the south as a result of their hate for the south?
“While we appreciate Kanu’s disposition towards northern political elite with born to rule attitude, we want to say here that hate for hate multiply hate. We are all witness to the 95 per cent and 5 per cent dichotomy introduced by President Buhari into our democratic lexicon, which has snowballed into irreconcilable misunderstanding between the north and south.
"At the moment, President Buhari hatred for south which he demonstrated through his lopsided appointment has taken Nigeria to the cliff and the only remedy for the country not to fall over the cliff is the immediate implementation of confab report of 2014.
“We expected Kanu to equally appreciate the contributions of Niger Delta towards his release and the Biafra agitation as counterparts. We never expected of him to make outbursts that will undermine the friendship of the east and Niger Delta region.
“Again ,despite there were some shortcomings in Jonathan government, it is wrong to say Jonathan was not friendly to the east, or ignorant and naive, there was no average politician in the east that did not benefit from Jonathan administration.
The Niger Delta group also prayed that the IPOB leader learn to chew his words when he is in public.
NAIJ.com earlier reported that the All progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) had warned the IPOB leader to stay humble and drop his ‘emperor’ perception about himself.
The political party said Kanu's call for the boycott of both the November 2017 gubernatorial election in Anambra state and the 2019 general election should the federal government fail to do nothing about restoration of Biafra is irresponsible.
You can watch this NAIJ.com video of Nnamdi Kanu addressing his followers in his hometown: