You Cannot Disrespect Jonathan And Ask For Respect In Return – Gulak Tells Five Northern Govs, Amaechi

Northern-governors-visit-to-Amaechi-in-Port-Harcourt-480x300Special Adviser to the President on Political Matters, Ahmed Gulak, on Monday accused the five northern Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governors, who recently embarked on nation-wide consultations to douse the political tension in the country, of disrespecting President Goodluck Jonathan.

The state governors are Sule Lamido (Jigawa), Rabiu Kwankwaso (Kano), Aliyu Wamakko (Sokoto), Babangida Aliyu (Niger) and Murtala Nyako (Adamawa). Gulak, however, included Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State in the list of disrespectful state governors.

Gulak, speaking through his Political Affairs Assistant, Godwin Akpovie, was reacting to a statement in which Gov. Lamido made reference to him as “a boy.”

It would be recalled that the Jigawa governor had taken the presidential aide to the cleaners for asking that the differences between the five governors and the President be settled internally instead of embarking on national consultations.

But apparently taken aback by the statement, Lamido described it as “offensive and disrespectful” coming from that “boy”, Gulak.

But Gulak on Monday wondered why the governor was asking for respect when he and his other colleagues had not shown same to the President.

He said, “The other day, in company with some other governors, led by Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State, they (the five northern governors) walked leisurely into a function in which President Jonathan was already seated.

“Is that not an affront to the office of Mr. President? How many of them will allow their commissioners to walk into a function in which they are already seated?

“As part of resolving their so-called differences with Mr. President, they are demanding the sacking of some key personnel in Mr. President’s administration, including Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, the National Chairman of the Peoples Demoratic Party.

“Again, can anybody, including Mr. President, order them to appoint so and so individuals as commissioners in their respective states?”

He also accused the governors of keeping quiet when the interim chairman of the All Progressive Congress, Chief Bisi Akande, called Jonathan a ‘kindergarten’ President.

“If l may ask; are they still members of the PDP? If they still are, why are they more critical of the President than even the opposition?

“Respect is reciprocal. Anyone who wants to propagate equity must come with clean hands. You cannot demand respect when you refuse to accord same to a higher office.

“Besides, what is disrespectful in advising that it is more decent to explore and exhaust all internal mechanisms to resolve any perceived grievances?” He queried.



  1. How can you blame them, when they left their houses full of cobwebs and refuse for others to clean up for them while they have time to do hide and sick in other peoples’ houses. I don’t even know what they want from this president again. He is helping them to save their states yet they are not grateful. Respect is Reciprocal. Let them wait until their time. But I want to let us know that God is still on His Throne

  2. they can tour all the states and local governments at least it shows how jobless and useless they are, a working governor do not even have time to eat not to talk of going about causing confusion.five idiots that cannot even control or develop the states entrusted in there hands i wonder the magic that will come from then if not to loot,state treasury is not big enough for then anymore so now it is the country’s treasury.i weep for my country

  3. Ride on with your good work jor. They said a word is enough for the wise. That is exactly what Gov CRA likes doing disrespect is his other name. A leader who refuses to recognise his elder by according them maximum respect would certainly not get one. Rivers people have risen up to correct such impunities by Gov CRA I urge others to seat up now that its early enough.

  4. I have never heard about 6 cowards before not until they were made Governors. Next time you discus peace with them make it public so the whole nation will see their greed. How many of them have ever listen to a low ranked officials pleas for developments in their areas before yet they make selfish claims. Go to your APC while you still have time cos We PDP will sweep every tin dis tyme and all rebels will surely face their Water Loo shortly.