Ijaw national leader and former Federal Commissioner for Information, Chief Edwin Clark, has expressed fears over President Goodluck Jonathan’s safety ahead of the 2015 presidential election, saying the opposition could go all out to kill the president in their quest to claim power by all means.
The elder statesman based his fears on recent utterances from the camp of the All Progressives Congress, APC, which according to him, suggest that the opposition politicians would stop at nothing to harm the president to get to Aso Rock.
Mr. Clark said this yesterday, in Abuja, at a conference organised by a group under the aegis of Peoples Democratic Party Ward2Ward Initiative.
The former federal commissioner further alleged that the opposition politicians in the APC were celebrating the renewed wave of violence in the North East with the belief that such development would not only degenerate into anarchy but make President Jonathan and his Peoples Democratic Party, PDP-led administration unpopular so that their dream of winning the hearts of Nigerian electorate to get into power in the forthcoming elections could be a reality.
He said such expectation by the APC politicians was an indication that they were not only unpatriotic but never believed in the Nigerian project.
He said: “I appeal to the national chairman of APC, who is my very good friend, who in those days, we regarded as super permanent secretary not to join those who want to take office at all cost. If they have their way, they can kill Jonathan, they can poison him, provided they will go into office. If Nigeria falls, there will be no country for the opposition to take over.
“The mere fact that you are in opposition, you are not in the government party, is not enough to destroy your own country, if you do that, then you are unpatriotic, you are not a Nigerian.
“I pray that the opposition should identify itself with the government in tackling the problems in the North East which is a Nigerian problem. It is not an Hausa problem, or Kanuri one, it is a problems for all of us”.