A group known as The Save Ijaw Nation Group has described as unfair, a statement credited to the Governor of Bayelsa State, Hon. Henry Seriake Dickson, where he described the Jonathan’s Presidency, as a waste to the Ijaw Nation.
The group in a statement issued in Bayelsa and signed by its Bayelsa State coordinator, Comrade Otobo Osborn described Governor Dickson’s statement as shocking, most unfair and uncharitable, especially as it is coming from a Governor, who had all access to demand for a fair deal for Bayelsa State, while Dr. Goodluck Jonathan was the President.
“We are of the opinion, that Governor Dickson is not telling us the real issues he has with former President Jonathan. We also need to remind him, that Dr. Jonathan’s qualities and the good, that his administration attracted to the Ijaw Nation, are more than whatever Governor Dickson may consider as unfair, to the Ijaw Nation”.
The group said it is sad, that Governor Dickson could fling caution out of the window to join those who take pleasure in criticizing and calling former President Jonathan all sorts of names, just because he is no longer the President.
It said further: “This is a classical case of an ingrate biting the fingers that fed him. When it was convenient he ran to the former President for his blessing and support during the fierce battle for his second term bid against former governor Timipre Sylva. It is a known fact that Dickson turned against the former President soon after winning the election and has continued to wage a silent war against him for no just cause.“His speaking out is just a public expression of the mischief he has been masquerading all these years. But since he has decided to pay good with evil providence will definitely reward him with what he deserves.
“One would have expected that Dickson as a Bayelsa indigene and political son of the former President would cut him some slack at a time when enemies are striving to rubbish his legacies. It is unfortunate that he is joining others to fight Jonathan. He just needs to look over the fence to see how Rivers State Governor is treating Jonathan in the true spirit of loyalty.”
The group said all well-meaning Nigerians, appreciates the achievements of the Jonathan’s administration, while also reminding Governor Dickson, that Jonathan was elected the President of Nigeria, and not President of Ijaw Nation. This, the group says, was the basis of the administration; to spread its developmental efforts across the length and breadth of the country, a legacy which it says, still speak, after two years of his leaving office as the President of Nigeria.