Ex militant leaders in the Niger Delta have warned members of the House of Representatives plotting to impeach President Goodluck Jonathan to drop the plan forthwith, saying that some of them had lost the respect of Nigerians.
Speaking under the aegis of Leadership, Peace and Cultural Development Initiative, a forum of the former militant commanders in the region, the President of the group, Pastor Reuben Wilson reassured President Jonathan of their support, promising that they would resist any move to embarrass him.
He said as former commanders of the militant groups, they were watching unfolding events closely, adding that at the appropriate time they would act within the confines of the law.
“They call themselves honourable members. But I can say that for legislators to scale the fence of the National Assembly to gain entry into the hallowed chambers, they have lost the respect of the public. It is only criminals that jump fences to gain entry into places, honourable people do not behave like that.
“We are watching what they are doing. Let me inform them that their latest attempt at impeaching the president will fail. The Speaker, Aminu Tambuwal should do the honourable thing by vacating his seat because the law says when you defect to another party; you automatically lose your seat.
“How would he eat his cake and still have it? Tambuwal wants to discredit the president so that his new party can gain favour in the eyes of the public. What happened on Thursday was a continuation of their so-called ‘Salvation rally’.
“You can imagine some APC leaders threatening to take laws into their hands and form a parallel government if their party loses in the 2015 elections. It was not up to 24 hours after that threat that the show of shame was displayed on Thursday. If they wanted to actually go and sit for their legitimate legislative duties, why did they go in a commando style as if they were thugs?
“We know what they are doing and we are watching them. They should not push us to the wall, because if they do, we shall react.
“This country belongs to all of us and we are equal stakeholders. We cannot take any rubbish from anybody; no matter who they think they are. They should watch their backs”, he said.