Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta State yesterday advised people of the South-South region to stop their public criticism of President Goodluck Jonathan. He said that as a son of the region, the president should be given the support to enable him succeed, noting that “politics in Nigeria is still very regional.”
Uduaghan, who spoke at a luncheon to mark this year’s Democracy Day in Asaba, the state capital, after commissioning a number of projects, noted that he was on course in realising his three-point agenda before the end of his tenure.
He said: “I need to say that the South-South, to which Delta State belongs, has produced the President, Dr. Jonathan. He is the first President from the region and I want to remind us that he was the Vice President, when President Umaru Yar’Adua died. Of course, he became the President and just before he could find his feet as President, there was an election in which he took part and eventually became the President.
“Today, Jonathan has effectively become the President of Nigeria. We will not forget that. I am emphasising this because people compare his two years to eight years spent by other presidents. He has just spent two years in office and a lot has happened. I am sure many of you must have listened to his mid-term report today (yesterday). It is full in the areas of power, roads, airports. And so, because he is our son, we must give him maximum support.
“As a state government, we are giving him maximum support and I am urging all of us from Delta State to give him the support to succeed because the politics of Nigeria is still very regional. Every region is struggling for its interest. No other region is struggling for your interest and we must understand that. It is a game of interests.”