‘Jonathan May Be The Last President Of Nigeria If ……….’

Dr Chris Ekiyor is the former National President of the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) and currently the Caretaker Chairman of Patani Local Government Council of Delta  State. In this interview, the Niger Delta activist faults the calls for amnesty for members of the Boko Haram sect and warns that the people of the Niger Delta will resist any move to use the resources from the area to fund the amnesty.
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On  the 2015 presidency, he says the people of the Niger Delta are unanimous in their decision that President Goodluck Jonathan should run for second term asserting that any attempt to stop him by the North will lead to the end of Nigeria. Excerpts:

The Federal Government has announced a committee to look into the possibilities of granting amnesty to members of the Boko Haram sect. As one of those who perfected amnesty for ex-militants  in the Niger Delta, what is your view?

This is another bandwagon effect that is tearing apart our country again. Amnesty today is another word for quick money. I think it is a misplaced national priority to even think about granting amnesty to a bunch of people who, in all their activities, have shown criminality, have shown cold blood murder and have no focus or issue. And it is unfortunate to try to equate Boko Haram with the struggles  of the Niger Delta.

In the Niger Delta, a people, who were living peacefully and having their own livelihood, were traumatized by the Federal Government with its activities in oil exploration. Their land captured, their environment polluted from 1957 till date. And the people decided to say, enough is enough, you cannot take our oil and impoverish us. You cannot put 60 per cent of our oil wealth in the hands of northerners and our environment is not protected. You have to allow us control our resources so that we can develop our place at the pace at which we found our resources. We are willing to pay tax to the center as it is done every where that oil was found’. That was what caused the Niger Delta crisis.

The Niger Delta struggle was a purposeful and ideology based struggle. That was the focus. Now, between 1996 and 2003, of course, it became an all-comers struggle. Criminals who will go and steal on the streets will claim that they kidnapped because of oil. Between 2003 and 2007 it went out of hand because the military itself became a party to the process.

By the time the Federal Government was offering amnesty, oil had been cut down to 700 barrels per day by the activities of the people in the creeks. Insecurity in the region made oil companies to foldup. Before, the youths accepted amnesty, they sent representatives including myself to dialogue with the government and they were series of meetings under the late President Yar’Adua’s administration.

Now, in accepting amnesty, the country recovered economically to the tune of about 2.1million barrels per day and you know what that means to the nation’s coffers. So, if from that pool, money is taken to rehabilitate people, who so to say admitted that it is our mother land, we will now allow government develop the region. Taking amnesty brought more value to the government and it is now trying to reciprocate the gesture by training people in the region.

’Militancy in the Niger Delta different from Boko Haram mayhem’
But beyond the technicalities of talking about amnesty for a group of people who are murderers, I think that government has misplaced its priority in terms of what it is saying.

Dialogue with the people, yes, amnesty, no. Amnesty is not an exit window for criminals. These are people who have murdered over five thousand people in cold blood. People are in churches, they bomb the churches, killing people who are equally victims of bad governance like them. Again, 80 percent of these people are not Nigerians. So, if you are granting them amnesty, where will you take the resources for which you are going to reintegrate them? Is it the Niger Delta resources, our oil money to integrate criminals and murderers in the North? That money should be put on  infrastructures across the country if the money is too much in the government coffers.

’Jonathan taking bullshit’
I am particularly worried that our president, in line with his broad nationalism, is taking too many bullshit from too many people. He is the most insulted president not because he has not worked, there is no president that has done better than Goodluck in the history of Nigeria, but people don’t seem to know because he is not a loud speaker, he does not embarrass people.

’Posterity will not forgive Jonathan if he fails to develop the Niger Delta’
President Jonathan is a broad-minded Nigerian, he is trying to balance projects in all the regions and, in doing that, he has undermined his own region. So the Niger Delta people have started clamouring why should we not have more. But again he is the President of Nigeria not for Niger Delta. It is now left for the Niger Delta members in the National Assembly to ensure that there are resources in the appropriate ministries such as the Ministry of the Niger Delta to develop the region. As it is today the Ministry of Niger Delta is not being funded and that is why the Minister is frustrated. If you check the money they appropriated for the Niger Delta Ministry and that of Water Resources, you will see the difference. I want to also say that Mr President must not feel that if he develops the Niger Delta he will be blamed for it. Infact if he does not develop the Niger Delta posterity will not forgive him.

People committed themselves in developing Abuja because they have an agenda to develop the North. Jonathan is not weak as people are saying, no weak person can lead Nigeria. The problem is that this country is held by cabals and those people don’t want the development of the Niger Delta. So it is not Jonathan but a lot of people around him have their own agenda.

’Jonathan must run in 2015′
We were in this country when youths were mobilized to Abuja, ‘Youth Earnestly Ask for Abacha’, during the military rule, when all the five political parties endorsed one man. We were in this country when Obasanjo wanted to go for third term.

Alameseigha and others were arrested. Yes, they may have been involved in corrupt practices but they became victims due to their opposition to the third term bid. People are talking now because Jonathan is seen as a toothless bull dog. He is seen as being weak, but they don’t know that it is in that his weakness that he has his strength. How can you see a president and say he should not contest again? The choice to contest is his but if he decides to contest, nobody can stop him except the ballot. And if they feel he cannot contest, then we should all be ready to pack our luggage.

Goodluck may be the last President of Nigeria because a lot of predictions are in line.  There is the provision in the amalgamation law which says that, if after hundred years we cannot co-exist, everybody can go his way. These are signs of the end and we are happy about it those of us from the Niger Delta.
The earlier Nigeria breaks so that we can go and rebuild our economy and our environment the better since Nigerians don’t know that Goodluck is a blessing and a builder. Nobody can stop Jonathan, we have said that he must contest and anybody who does not want to support us, no problem. We will campaign throughout the nook and cranny of the country.

 

Source: Punch.

48 Comments

  • But how can some people being saying he can not contest again, what did he do or is there any law that said so? Na wa o! But the truth still remain that the earlier we divide, the earlier the better, Quote me

  • mr man u mst b a joker 4 all d craps u ar insinuating. u ar a complete dreamer on air who freely think 4rm anus. Wat i strongly believe is dat d rytful candidate shall rule dis country in nxt coming election.

    • You are the joker Usman. It is now that the core north will know that many of us from the north will not vote them. They now know that they can not be president if there is true election, so they brought killing to intimdate us, but it will not work.

      • The North already is divided now. We nw have the core north and the north. We have now known who are enemies are, not the ibos as was wrongly perceived.

  • A reasonable and responsinsible Nigerian will not say such a stupid words.
    This, so called (Dr.), I believe must be a non Nigerian. A tru Nigerian whose his parents and reletives are Nigerians, (He) was born and growth up in Nigeria, will not in one way or the other pray for Nigeria to become a devided nation. “This generation and indeed the future generation has no other country than Nigeria. So we shall remain here and salvage it together.”-(Gen. Muhammadu Buhari(Rtrd). This is what a tru Nigerian has to say. But not as that of toothless dog who hide him self in the cannophy of human being and call him self a doctor. NIGERIA, ONE NATION GREAT PEOPLE. In the name of brotherhood we unite in Nigeria.

    • I can guess your a notherner, thats probably why ur sounding this way. And if am right you notherners are so afraid of what will become of you guys without niger delta oil thats why you ll die to see nigeria remain as one nation. I f this oil was in the north I bet you will not be an advocate of One Nigeria!!!

  • Usman umar,I tink u r d complete dreamer n joker,infact d moron of dis century, cnt u read or wah?he said our enable president will run for election come 2015 bt t is only the ballot dt can decide weda or not he is to be president again,so kindly tell me where or wich part of his write up has a crap in it. and besides wah has the north contributed to nigeria? Eh pls tell me o, all the cows,maize,rice n so call grains u guys have, aren’t they national cake too?why not use dt to sponsor ur own amnesty for bokoharam memebers,foolish pple. is t only the oil dt is for national cake? Eh abeg tell me o, may b u guys shld start snding ur cows too down to the east, south n west so dt it wld b clear dt u guys r contributing to naija development,mr man u beta wake up to reality n honesty cos u guys have ntin completely,ur leaders know where dere funds come from, so wah d hell r we shouting about, northeners or so calld bokoharam shld beta mind themselves o.

    • u niger deltans talk like fools nd show case ur ignorance always,u guys tink all we need is dat piece of weaklin jeg,he ain’t worth 2b a lg chairman,people ar dying in d north nd u talkin nonsense abt d oil been urs,dnt 4get d fact dat it was dat groundnut,cocoa nd coffee nd oilpalm money dat was used 4d xploratn of d oil,if u wnt nigeria 2b disintegrated den d oil facilities will as well go xtinct in d process cos,we agreed on a 1nation deal,if u tink u can outsmart us now u ar mistaken,God knws d ppl behind dis BH tins,u can fool som ppl somtims bt u cnt fool all d ppl all d time,our heads ar up,we tired of dis misgovenance,GEJ has shown is negligence nd incompetence,u heard him on cnn wit aman pour he cnt rule,i dnt care abt any buhari or owelle or fashiola let d ryt man step up nd lead us well bt jonathan is failure itself…pdp is gon nd gon 4gud already,fuckin NO 2dis grants

  • Who am i to uderestimate the president’s potential. We often understand the presido is a silent manifest but nigerian cant foerever be kept in the dark as it is reckoned a disease. The instability that has reigned regarding oil and everything that surrounds it has made many private sector want to delve in it but retreated after the announcement of the fuel subsidy. Dis tym Dangote has remained firm in his decision to develop an oil refinery as near as N8bn. Imagine the position we will sustain in subhara africa if that is done by d our government. Its been long after the niger delta menace vanished and we cannot allow it reactivate. The Government should not take the case of amnesty as a priority and uphold it at expence of the national coffers. I support with the speaker cause till date nigeria relies on oil. Niger Delta has to be strenghtened in its resources! What financial edifice do we have aside?

  • Who am i to uderestimate the president’s potential. We often understand the presido is a silent manifest but nigerian cant foerever be kept in the dark as it is reckoned a disease. The instability that has reigned regarding oil and everything that surrounds it has made many private sector want to delve in it but retreated after the announcement of the fuel subsidy. Dis tym Dangote has remained firm in his decision to develop an oil refinery as near as N8bn. Imagine the position we will sustain in subhara africa if that is done by d our government. Its been long after the niger delta menace vanished and we cannot allow it reactivate. The Government should not take the case of amnesty as a priority and uphold it at expence of the national coffers. I support with the speaker cause till date nigeria relies on oil. Niger Delta has to be strenghtened in its resources! What financial edifice do we have aside? As for the presido for 2o15, i hope the ballots concur with the civilians!

  • If oil resource was found in northernas land by now there will not be anything like Nigeria. I want u pple to understand that, I dnt knw wht is their prob, we use all we have in our land to develop their own land still they are not happy. they should allow GEJ to rule this country and put it in a better shape?

  • No GEJ come 2015 polls, no United Nigeria. There must be an amalgamation for a peaceful coexistence for all minority groups, Biafrans and its like. I support GEJ administration, he is not doing badly, he has the ability to lead Nigeria to a better tomorrow. God bless GEJ, God bless Niger Delta, God bless Biafra and the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

  • My prayers every day is let dis country have pace but if not make we all go our way cause all dis stupid northners have nofing 2 offer……2015 goodluck must come back or else!

  • Jonaathan is weak so we need who is brutal to rule this country. Niger Delta should stop boast of their oil because we were living comfortably and better before the discovering of their oil and those that are praying for Nigeria to divide should stop and think of the implication if Nigeria divide. Setiment mentality shld be dropped by Nigerians in order to join hands together and appoint a fit and rightfull leaders who we move Nigeria to a greater height. Pls note that Nigeria depend both on Agriculture and oil and both contribute to National cake. Niger Delta should not envy the amnesty wanted to give boko haram because it is not worth people lifes that is going everyday in this country, all we need is peace, I pray that God should intervene and unravel all the ugly incident we’ve been facing in Jesus name Amen.

  • granting armnesty to the boko haramas is a right step in the wrong direction, LET IS ALLOW OUR INNER PROPENSITY OR PROPELLER BE DETERMINED BY OUR EXPERIENCE OF PAIN AND PLEASURE, we cannot ipso facto say dat granting armnesty to d blood sucking harams is 100% wrong but d outcome matters alot, you cannot force a person to accept d wrong solution to his stupid problem, what dey currently,fight for is WESTERN EDUCATION IS A SIN AND TO TURN NIGERIA INTO A FULL ISMALIC STATE. mba mm, heavens! why will dey tink to dat high degree of negativity, a whole lapguy cannot be turned into a harama. LETS SAY NO TO ARMNESTY FOR HARAMAS, OR NAMAS OR IROKO NAMAS

  • so hausa pple are afraid of disintegration. d fear just begun. A reasonable 9ja blood would knw dat d writer is 200% right. our togthaness is our problem. who’s buhari(a dented name)?mtchwee! GEJ shall be 9ja’s last presido even buhari knwz

  • Jonathan is weak so we need who is brutal to rule this country. Niger Delta should stop boast of their oil because we were living comfortably and better before the discovering of their oil and those that are praying for Nigeria to divide should stop and think of the implication if Nigeria divide. Setiment mentality shld be dropped by Nigerians in order to join hands together and appoint a fit and rightfull leaders who we move Nigeria to a greater height. Pls note that Nigeria depend both on Agriculture and oil and both contribute to National cake. Niger Delta should not envy the amnesty wanted to give boko haram because it is not worth people lifes that is going everyday in this country, all we need is peace, I pray that God should intervene and unravel all the ugly incident we’ve been facing in Jesus name Amen.

  • We just can’t wait to see the aftermath of Nigeria, since being together is no longer fashionable. I am a northerner but I don’t give a damn f**k about it. When the chips are down, we shall see if religion will pay our bills. Rubbish, bokoharam is practicing extremism now and playing the role of a covetted beautiful BRIDE because they’ve got food in their belly and and handful peace loving xtians begging for a cease fire, I wonder what will be when federal allocations cease, development slowed down and after having the entire core north to colonize for Islam, -no more “saako” as my “bayarebe” brothers would say- for xtians who nolonger have bokoharam as prayer point, I wonder if then, they won’t turn to themselves …’ its already in the blood!

  • Let us think democratically. We must never say that if a candidate from my tribe does not rule Nigeria would cease to exist. That statement alone is treasonable. This country is not in existence for any tribe or region or section. Let the war mongers visit Liberia, Sierra Leone, Bosnia, or even Somalia. If that is too far why not study the Biafran experience. Let us work for good governance, true federalism and credible democracy in a corruption free environment. By the time we solve the corruption problem in Nigeria no body would care whether it is an Yoruba man, Ikwerre man, Igbo man, Igarra man, Tivman or the man from the moon is the president.

  • pls let us be frank to ourself. Nobody is patriotic in dis country anymore.we are sik and tired of dis nation called nigeria. I crave for seperation and DE EARLIER DE BETTER.

  • hmm i wonder how a dr is uttering this kind of statement i guess x a so called dr. he is neither an optimist nor a racional thinker. he is dr by honour nt by merit seccession may cause a great damage to this great nation. the most important thn x to ensure dat amnesty x granted to boko haram n goodluck in reality x lyk some of d past leaders whch hitherto has no any meaningful advntge as corruption n other related vices stil rrmain endemic. we are lookin 4a leader dat will provide a relief to the current social n political conditions n i guess d anawer could b found 4rm d oppossing party nt 4rm pdp. so u better always b humanistic nt a tribalist n regionalist. sorry for d facts i knw it may b bitter bcs it x oppossing ur sentiment n bias. long live nigeria n nigerians

  • Well said able comrade for social equality and justice..the purpose of Amnesty is globally misappropriated and abused if it should be granted as a means to bribe some sect. From terrorising this nation,,Mr President anything and i mean anygroup can arise in the future and this decision would be a regret and pain to many nigerians..please call your cabinet and reconsider your stand in resolving this menace called Boko Haram.without saying too much cause alot has been said already…being a democrat is a tough decision in a country where the majority has resulted to violence,loothing,bribing,injustice,fraud and many other has become a means of survival, selfishness and individuality, greed and heirachy is destroying the under priviledge in the society..Nigeria is blessed but good governance is not cheap your Excellency mr President you dont need Cabals to rule this country you only need to be a LEADER,a VISIONIER,a DREAMER,an OPTIMIST and more to deliver.no one can say that you havnt done anything its just that you havnt done enough,true LAW,JUSTICE and MORALITY must stand firm in ALL STRUGGLES of humain reign..Comrade Sir,dividing this country is not a solution.we have lived and gotten use to ourselves,NORTH SOUTH EAST AND WEST we are one people one nation. I am a democrat and i believe in DEMORACY…WE WILL OVERCOME TOGETHER..NOUS SOMMES UNIS,NOUS PROSPERONS COMME UN.QUE LE BON DIEU SOIT AVEC VOUS..

  • I couldn’t believe we stil hav illiterates in nigeria dat do nt knw wat agriculture entails, d person abt holding our cows in d nrth, is oil consumed? Food is 1 tin dat evrybdy in dis wrld must use while many countries r surviving witout oil. D discovery of oil is even a big disaster 2 nigeria as it has brought many misuderstanding within d tribes. If evrybdy is 2 hold his own resource dn we shal c who wil cry 1st as d mst imrtnt tin in lyf is fud b4 any oda resource come.

    • Mr odua,pls sit ur ass down, wat form of vegetation don’t we have in the east or west,oh u tink the north has wah t takes to survive,lol even the little oil dt ws found near sokoto have been privatized by selfish northerns,guy abi sir I have lived in the north for more dan 15 years now n have also stayed at the other end too,so wit or witout the north,the rest of the regions has survive, so jst tell me, at least jst one thing d north r contributing?absolutely notin bt yet dy r the ones causing trouble here n there, n speaking of oil lol,my frnds tell me something dt money can not buy, even food it self,so ur point shld jst be dt,we all shld be partrotic n we pray for notin else dan unity bt if u got any orda beef, I guess u save it cos d north are atall in no position to be making threats or causing havoc in dis country

  • I (prof. Barr. Major General) have always been hammering about this issue. If we finally break, what ll be our fate if corrupt leaders (ambassadors of poverty who milk the economy and impoverish brothers and sisters at home. Who provide us rat for protein, dead traps for road, candle light for electricity with heads abroad and anus at home. People who make us emaciated and force us to walk in boulevard of misery) stay at the helm of affairs.
    The main thing is to make our leaders reconstruct their thinking that politics is not meant only for amassment of wealth.
    For us to improve our country, we must start from ourselves individually. If many are given the opportunity to rule Nigeria just for a moment, you ll see that they ll b worst than Abacha’s regime of autocracy.
    Seperation to me is not the best for us but if we cant stay together like oil and water or kerosene and water let us then part(to your tent oh Isreal).
    Can two walk together orless they concore? Two captains can never take charge of a ship because when it happens there ll b anarchy. Let the opposition group (northerners) allow Jonathan who is democratically elected finish his tenure; if He did well he can then come back for a second term. Every grown up and qualified is franchised and suffraged. Afterall we operate democratic system of government.

  • I hope this country divides so that the punk asses from the south will leave us alone, and those minority christians from the north should start seeking for accomodation with ur southern brothers b4 we roast your burkutu-sticken mouths.

  • I am a Nigerian, 4rm kaduna south. The truth is one n we are running away 4rm it. Boko haram are nt a pressure group wit any aim or goal. so, amnesty shld nt even b discouse on dem. I grew up to no dat many riot,killings in da north is mostly da hand wok of som self-centred religious fanatics dat say dey wan 2 islamice da north n if possible da nation. For God sake must i belong 2 ya religion? by nw i no dat many pple wil no da “truth” am talking abt. Now, if an igbo man wil b suspended or somhow barred 4rm contesting in som of da polical seat bcos he wanted 2 divides da nation, den i tink dat shld b don same 2 da hausa man.

  • that guy spoke so stupidly,if u pray for divison u and ur generation will also shear in the surfferness wen the tym com. the eye of so call people is on dat stupid oil dat is motivating u and wen it happen. they will invade ur land. ask lybia today. wen u pray for draught, ur generation will not drink urine or sand.

  • THE BIBLE SAYS, WE SHOULD PRAY 4 OUR JERUSALEM. NIGERIA IS OUR JERUSALEM WE SHOULD ALL PRAY 4 OUR COUNTRY 4 BETA 2MORO.

  • It is so glaring that nigerdelta indigenes are so sentimental and are trying to form rebel against the federal govt and islam, look at this useless chris saying amnesty should not be granted to boko haram, when niger delta was granted amnesty, that a specific % of our income will be use to support niger delta, was there any development in the place apart from syphoning nigeria income and to fight with hotel managers abroad, has any of chris family been in the north and face the problems the victims of bomb blast faced any way i dont blame him, he is just consuming what he did not labor for and he is very myopic in thinking, in my own opinion there is no difference between boko haram and niger delta millitant because muslims and christains are affected, since all security forces had failed, if the only way to bring peace and tranquility to my fatherland is amnesty to boko haram, pls GEJ kindly grant him.

  • hmmnnn…oil, oil, oil… d oil shud just dry up and ppl go back to farming… I mean serious farming as we had in those days… d oil is a blessing to some arab nations but it seems its a CURSE to dis country, if dia is no oil money to share in abuja again, politicians will look for something else to do and ppl will not want to be president by all means…

  • Niger Delta “oil wealth” will not be used to grant Boko Haram amnesty…we are tired of the forceful and false marriage officiated by the British Imperialists – self determination is inevitable and is all we want now in Nigeria!!!

  • I, ALSO WANT TO VIABLY SURPORT AND SUGGEST THAT NIGERIA GO ON DIVISION.SO THOSE BRUTISH NORTHERN WHO INVESTED IN CRIME AND AFTER ASKING FOR AMNNESTY SHOULD FROM NOW KNOW THEIR STAND.COME 2015 NO ROOM FOR NORTHERN TO GAIN THE POWER.GEJ MIND YOU AAFTER YOUR ADM.YOU LL GO BACK HOME,LL HOME WELCOME YOU WITH PRAISE OR BLAME.

  • Allah is one .ur mad….u dey mad.mr presidnt list..g to me and list..g vry wil if u dere giv money to so call boko haram ppl….dat means all d christain for norther go all die.dis ppl na because dere money finish to buy AK 47 das y dey ask for amnesty….gud dnt even try dis.and for dos dis civilans….keep ur mouth shot….dont even dream say dis country go change.u kwn yyyy….some part of d country ar been faviour…so unless all of us beining to suffer na dat time evrybody eye go clear….and revolution wil take place……an a northner…but…but dis so call hausa fulani…ppl..???? Dey pass devil with weakness.

  • What we need in this country are leaders who have the fear of God who are ready to stand for the truth a leader who is not bias.who is ready to go the extra mile to achieve great thing for this great nation .a leader who is ready to step on tools and call a spade a spade not leader who are after their pocket and their families ,God will hellp us to find such leader in Jesus name

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