Call Junaid To Order Over First Lady Comments – Lawyers Tell Arewa

Dr Muhammad Junaid
Dr Muhammad Junaid

Lawyers under the aegis, League of Rivers Lawyers in Abuja yesterday urged the leadership of the Arewa Consultative Forum, ACF to as a matter of urgency, call to order, Dr Muhammad Junaid over his comments on Dame Patience Jonathan.

The Lawyers also asked Junaid to proffer curative solutions to the ravaging activities of Boko Haram sect in the north rather than waste his energy castigating President Goodluck Jonathan’s wife.

Chairman of the group, Timi Briggs while reacting, yesterday, to the story published in Sahara Reporters and credited to Dr Muhammad Junaid, noted in a statement that Junaid made derogatory remarks about the First Lady over what he perceives as her role in the Rivers State crises.

“The League took exception to the use of foul language to describe Nigeria’s First Lady and wondered why an educated, responsible and “an all knowing man” like Dr Junaid is now the one acting most irresponsibly like a stark illiterate,” Briggs said.

“Rather than dissipating energy and time talking about Rivers State politics when his region is on fire and its economy broken by the activities of Boko Haram sect, Dr Junaid has remained dumb and helpless. By calling Mrs Jonathan names, Dr Junaid is behaving like a gangster by saying that Mrs Jonathan has no right to comment over the affairs of her state.

“If Dr Junaid is looking for what to talk or work to do, the collapse of the Northern economy, rising unemployment, illiteracy and alarming insecurity under his nose are enough engagement rather than abusing Mrs Jonathan.

“What is his interest in Rivers State? Why is he crying more than the bereaved? A character like Dr Junaid thinks he has a monopoly of odious language and rascality because he is one of those deceiving Governor Rotimi Amaechi to be spending public funds to betray his brother and pursue a Northern agenda.

“The First lady has not done anything in Rivers State that will warrant her to be insulted by Dr Junaid and his ilk. In fact, all her activities during her recent visit to her State were merely reconciliatory and aimed at increasing collaboration among the political class so that the state can move forward.

“Rather than call for total reconciliation for peace to return to Rivers State, Dr Junaid is happy that Governor Amaechi is operating like an emperor.

Mrs Patience Jonathan
Mrs Patience Jonathan

“What did Mrs Jonathan do that other First Ladies did not do and even more?

“Nigerians saw it happen where a first Lady was the de facto President and was calling the shot in Aso Rock and yet Dr Junaid saw nothing wrong with that. Or is Mrs Jonathan being abused by Junaid because her husband is a President from a minority tribe in Nigeria?

“No matter whose interest Junaid is protecting, the people of the South South will not allow him or Amaechi and their cohort to pull the wool over the eyes of the people of that region come 2015.

“The political crisis in Rivers State PDP is not new in Nigeria. It is normal in a democracy and there is nothing to suggest a semblance of the old Western Region crises except as it exists in the demented mind of Dr Junaid.

“The relationship between the police and the governor in the state can be better handled if both sides drop pride but to say that Amaechi is right over and above all the other Rivers men and women he has been oppressing and intimidating with the police in the past is to say the least, shameful on the part of Dr Junaid.

“It is on this note that the League calls on the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) to call their son Dr Muhammad Junaid to order because everybody will benefit from a peaceful Nigeria and not the crises that Junaid is stoking,” the statement read.

4 Comments

  • I said it yesterday that Juniad should hands off Rivers politics because I know his type are opportunists whose stock in trade is confusion.Amaechi is a disappontment to the Ikweres,Rivers and Ndi igbo in General.I am surprised that Amechi is yet to learn from history.At a time when even Northerners that are not of Hausa/Fulani extraction are regreating their previous political alignment with the far North(comprising Hausa/Fulani) especially good people of the Middle Belt, Amechi is busy trying to bring us back to the era of dark age by forging alliance with them(Hausa/Fulani).Please come back home Amechi your people are waiting for you.

  • Who are these Unlearned fellas in a Learned disguise..? Its so obvious that ppl like u have resorted to dragging this honorable and respected profession to utter ruin and decadence. How can u publicly open your speech hole to sound a note of warning to a man who’s words were not far from the truth.. Or were u not amongst those who were stranded for hours in traffic bcus she was in d state..? Or were u searched thoroughly b4 u entered ur own Home u pay for simply bcus she happened to be ur neighbor, or do u deny that d firstlady didn’t make open derogatory statements about the Governor in Public, yes she is a daughter of the soil, do u deny that she insulted d ppl of Rivers state when she asserted dat the Tenures of Odili and Omehia were d best Rivers has ever had in terms of Projects and dividends.? Amaechi may be Arrogant but pls he is d ansa to d prayers of d rivers man. Only Lazy ppl would actually complain abt his leadership yes bcus he’s not a “Donatus”…Ur statements not only show how Myopic u are but goes to show how decadent some of d agents of this noble profession have so become. I’m so moved to ask various questions about ur supposed insinuations about betrayal of a “fellow Brother”..I’d say its a cheap shot at getting in d spotlight and I’d say keep trying, you will soon have d spotlight..when ur” brother” doesn’t get a grip on himself and concentrate on his work then perhaps he might get dat chance he’s so particular about..let’s see whether all our votes as Ijaw nation will get him into d state house.

  • “A disappointment to the Ikwerre’s” are u serious..? Dude or madam who ever u are, I want to ask where are all d major Functional facilities in Rivers State Located..? Let me list em in case u forget…1. Teaching Hospital, 2. Injection making Factory..3. Greater Portharcourt city..4. University community..5 major Roads like d Mile 4 rd, Iwofe, Ada George, Rumuola and others dat were recently completed by this same man u claim u are so dis appointed in..? And when the other riverine Communities are seriously protesting this fact, u come here and say he is a failure, pls of the total 750 schools been constructed all over the state, can u state d Figure accredited to the Ikwerre Nationality..? Pls let me Help u d figure is 450…and yet u still say he is a dis appointment…hmmm una Meka o..!

    • Braga.In terms of achievements I score Amechi high.Infact Odili was a failure for eight years he was a governor.Omehia was a canker worm and should not be allowed a second chance.Amechi is only sowing seeds of political discord.That is the area I am talking about.Amechi still belong to PDP and such should not behave antagonistically like the opposition.Ijaw vote alone can not make Jonathan win.The entire Rivers vote alone can not do it.We should brace up to ensure GEJ’s sucess not frustrate him with the far North.We should help build bridges across to others not dispel them.I still call on Amechi to volt face we need him back please. I said it yesterday that Juniad should hands off Rivers politics because I know his type are opportunists whose stock in trade is confusion.Amaechi is a disappontment to the Ikweres,Rivers and Ndi igbo in General.I am surprised that Amechi is yet to learn from history.At a time when even Northerners that are not of Hausa/Fulani extraction are regreating their previous political alignment with the far North(comprising Hausa/Fulani) especially good people of the Middle Belt, Amechi is busy trying to bring us back to the era of dark age by forging alliance with them(Hausa/Fulani).Please come back home Amechi your people are waiting for you.

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