Former Abia State Governor Orji Kalu on Tuesday said the insurgency ravaging the North Eastern part of Nigerian is instigated by people who do not want President Goodluck Jonathan to lead the country.
He did not name the people.
The former governor who is also known for criticising his successor, Theodore Orji, however praised him Mr. Orji describing him as “a great asset to the country”.
He stated this during a visit to the national secretariat of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Abuja.
Mr. Kalu, who was governor of Abia State on the platform of the PDP between 1999 and 2007, returned to the party in controversial circumstances in 2013 after about six years of leaving it to float the Peoples Progressive Alliance, PPA.
The former governor assured that because the raging insurgency was politically-motivated, it would be defeated.
“The insurgency is politically-motivated because there is no other thing to do,” he said. “It is instigated by people who do not want President Jonathan to be president.’’
Mr. Kalu asked those sponsoring the Boko Haram sect to make a sacrifice by allowing Mr. Jonathan to do a second term in office in order to advance the country’s development.
He said he was now a full member of the PDP and claimed that despite misgivings in some quarters, he remained an asset not only to the party, but also the country.
According to him, the PDP would remain in power at the centre as from 2015 because people like him were still members of the party.
“How can the PDP lose the presidency when it has people like us who are very popular and creating jobs every day? I do not see how PDP will lose the election in 2015?” he said.
“Democracy is not about one person or President Jonathan. We have to bring our efforts together so as to move democracy forward. President Jonathan is doing everything possible to bring the Chibok girls’ back. We must thank our military men for the job they are doing.
“Insurgency is a new thing to us. Insurgency is politically-motivated and it is the people who think Jonathan should not contest the 2015 that are behind it. They should allow him to finish his tenure,” he said.