The national convener of the Concerned Northern Professionals, Dr. Junaid Muhammed, has been advised to proffer curative solutions to the devastating activities of Boko Haram in the North rather than making derogatory remarks against the First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan.
A group known as League of Rivers Lawyers, Thursday made the call in reaction to a media report which alleged that Junaid made some derogatory remarks about Mrs. Jonathan over the lingering political crisis in Rivers State.
A statement signed by the chairman of the group, Mr. Timi Briggs, said: “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 Junaid is now the one acting most irresponsibly like a stark illiterate.
“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, Junaid has remained dumb and helpless. By calling Jonathan names, Junaid is behaving like a gangster by saying that Mrs Jonathan has no right to comment over the affairs of her state,” the group stated.
While urging the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) to call Junaid to order because his recent actions may impact negatively on the already heated polity, Briggs said: “If 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.”
According to him, “what is his interest in Rivers State? Why is he crying more than the bereaved? A character like 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 League said “The First Lady has not done anything in Rivers State that will warrant her to be insulted by 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.”
It further said “Rather than call for total reconciliation for peace to return to Rivers State, Junaid is happy that Amaechi is operating like an emperor, wasting public funds on selfish ambition of being a vice-presidential candidate, causing friction, overheating the polity, and behaving like a fly that has no advisers.
“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 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?” the League queried.
Reiterating the resolve of the people of South-South to resist any attempt to deny the region of the Presidency in 2015, the League said the political crisis rocking the Rivers chapter of the PDP is not new in the history of Nigeria and rejected any attempt to compare it to the crisis of the old Western Region.
The group also suggested a way out of the current face-off between Amaechi and the state police commissioner, Mr. Mbu Joseph Mbu saying, “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 State 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 Junaid.”