ACF asks Jonathan to call Niger Delta militants to order over attack on T.Y. Danjuma

Theophilus Danjuma

The Arewa Consultative Forum, ACF, in reaction to threats made by some Nigeri-Delta ex-militants to cause mayhem in Nigeria, has asked the Federal government and its security agencies to act to contain the ex-militants.

The former militants had threatened to unleash its wrath on TY Danjuma, a former Army General turned oil entrepreneur, giving him a seven-day ultimatum to withdraw his statement where he asked the ex-militant to refrain from threatening the peace of the country if President Jonathan fails in re-election bid.

The ACF, in a statement signed by it National Publicity Secretary, Muhammad Ibrahim, on Monday in Kaduna, said it views such threats and intimidation by the ex-militants as an affront to TY Danjuma and an attack on a democratically elected Federal Government of Nigeria over which President Jonathan presides.

The statement reads in part: “It is also an open challenge to the Nation’s security agencies, especially the Nigeria Police Force (NPF), the State Security Service (SSS) and even the Nigerian military that are responsible for maintaining law and order and any form of internal and external aggression against Nigeria.

“The attention of Arewa Consultative Forum ACF has been drawn to the statement credited to the Niger Delta ex- militants in the persons of Alhaji Mujahideen Dokubo-Asari, Mr. Victor Ben Ebikabowei aka. Boy Loaf, and Government Ekpemupolo aka. Tompolo that ‘President Jonathan’s victory in the 2015 Presidential elections is not negotiable and should Jonathan lose, it would be seen as direct attack on the Ijaw nation’.

“They also threatened to unleash violence on the country and take back the Niger Delta oil.

“In reaction to this irresponsible statement by the ex-militants, notable Nigerians including Gen. TY Danjuma, a patriot and one of the most respected Northern leaders, who cherish the unity and peaceful coexistence of Nigeria as a united entity condemned in strong terms this reckless and unwarranted threat to the sovereignty of Nigeria by the ex-militants. In fact, Gen. Danjuma called for the arrest of the ex-militants for making such provocative and inflammatory statements and maintained that the unity of Nigeria cannot be negotiated.

“This statement is what is expected of an elder statesman and government officials who have sworn to protect and defend the unity of Nigeria.

“Most unfortunately, the threat was made by the Ijaw ex-militants in the presence of a democratically elected governor of Bayelsa state, Rt. Hon. Serieke Dickson and the Special Adviser to the President on Amnesty Mr. Kingsley Kuku. Sadly too, there have been a deafening silence on the part of the Federal Government and the security agencies.

“This has encouraged the militants to further issue a direct threat to Gen. Danjuma by giving him a seven day ultimatum to withdraw his statement or face their wrath.
The threat to attack the business outfits of Gen. Danjuma in the Niger Delta by another group of militants for rightful condemnation of their polity reeks of lawlessness and therefore not acceptable.

“ACF and indeed all Nigerians hold Gen TY. Danjuma, former Chief of Army Staff and Defence Minister in high esteem, as a revered patriot, elder statesman and a philanthropist of repute who fought for the unity of Nigeria and has continued to play this fatherly role even in his old age. ACF will therefore not accept any threat to his person or business assets or to any law abiding citizen by any group or individuals in the name of militancy.

“ACF wishes to remind the Niger Delta militants that President Jonathan did not ascend to his present position through threats and intimidation, but rather through democratic means of canvassing for votes without any form of molestation throughout the length and breath of Nigeria in 2011.

“The same process the President and other candidates vying for the office shall go through to emerge as Nigeria’s President in 2015 and not through intimidation, threats and ultimatum.

“ACF hereby calls upon the Federal Government to urgently take necessary steps and contain this emerging threat to national security by Niger Delta ex- militants to avert any ugly consequences.”


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  • IS.JESUS.CHRIST.A.CHRISTIAN

    Frank Akpoebi, a close political associate of President Goodluck Jonathan, declared on Sunday that a whopping N32 billion was missing from the treasury of Bayelsa State Government when Jonathan was governor between 2005 and 2007.

    He made the stunning revelation on Sunday at a press conference held at the National Headquarters of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Abuja where he gave reasons for his defection and of hundreds of others from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to APC.

    Akpoebi served as Commissioner of Health in Mr. Jonathan’s administration during his governorship. A founding member of the PDP in Bayelsa, he was also a Federal Commissioner in the Revenue Mobilization, Allocation and Fiscal Commission.

    Of the missing N32 billion, he called on Bayelsans to ask Mr. Jonathan to refund the money before he can ask for their votes again, adding that there had been speculation that he used the money to sponsor himself and late Umaru Yar’Adua in the 2011 election.

    “I served in the State Executive Council with Dr, Goodluck Jonathan and I questioned one of his series of contracts he used in siphoning the Bayelsa State treasury was his singular approval of Two Billion Naira for sand stock piling at Yenogoa for Bayelsa indigenes to park and use to start a building project I stood up to oppose it but yet Two Billion Naira was paid but a drop of sand was not dropped.”

    He described President Jonathan as incompetent, and as the architect of religion and ethnic politics that have divided many Nigerians.

    “This President is the richest President in Africa,” Akpoebi declared. “Dr. Goodluck Jonathann has invested in five business men who are highly celebrated Billionaires in Nigeria. And three of them came back to raise election funds to sponsor him to increase his investment on them while Nigerians will continue to live poverty, deprivation and insecurity. This is a vicious circle that we must not continue with it.”

    The Conference was attended Timipreye Silva, another former governor of Bayelsa, Hilland Etah, the National Vice Chairman APC South-South, and other political stalwart in the State. He mentioned many other national issues. He defected to the APC alongside hundreds of PDP Chieftains from Bayelsa State.

    It would be recalled that in 2006, before President Obasanjo arbitrarily picked him for the vice-presidency, Mr. Jonathan was one of 15 governors indicted by a federal panel for false declaration of assets, and recommended for prosecution in line with the Code of Conduct Bureau Act.

    The powerful inter-agency Joint Task Force on corruption was headed by the then chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Mr. Nuhu Ribadu. Its indictment of Mr. Jonathan was on account of several issues, including Mr. Jonathan’s N18 million Lexus Jeep which he falsely claimed in 2004 he had acquired through savings.

    “Verification reveals that the Jeep was a gift collected in contravention of the Code of Conduct Bureau Act of 1990,” the panel said. “Same for BMW 7351 Series bought in 2005 worth N5.5 million.”

    The panel also listed Mr. Jonathan’s acquisition of properties outside legitimate income, including:

    Seven Bedroom Duplex acquired in 2001 worth N18 million at Otuke Ogbia LGA;
    Four Bedroom Duplex acquired in 2003 worth N15 million at Goodluck Jonathan Street, Yenegoa; and
    Five Bedroom Duplex – acquired in 2003 worth N25 million at Citec Villas, Gwarimpa II, Abuja.

    Akpoedi also refuted Mr. Jonathan’s claims to being a Christian, saying that as a close friend of the President as admitted by Mr. Jonathan during one of his presidential briefings, he knows for certain Jonathan is no Christian, and that he has admitted he does not know how to forgive.

    “Dr. Goodluck Jonathan I know serves voodoo. And that is what he practices. In 2006 in the dining at the Governor’s Lodge Yenegoa, he did not pray before eating, so I asked him why, he replied me that he has not prayed in his life. I was really worried hearing that from him. The following day we were discussing when Dr.Goodluck told me he has a weakness and that he does not know how to forgive.

    “Dr. Goodluck should desist from using religion or the churches to advance his campaign or adoption, because it will make to expose him further,” Akpedi said. “We want a country of peace, love and security.”

    Here is the full text of his speech at the Conference:

    As a founding member of PDP Bayelsa State and funded 60% of the party at its formation between 1988-early 1999. I am well known and respected by politicians within the state and beyond.

    The PDP under Dr.Goodluck Jonathan has totally lost Good governance. There are six things he failed in his administration that bothers on my personal integrity, ideology and the interest of our great country-Nigeria.

    1 Insecurity

    2 Corruption

    3 Unemployment

    4 Poverty

    5 Power (Electricity)

    6 Economy (Naira Devaluation)

    Above all Dr. Goodluck Jonathan has brought politics of religion, Tribe, North/South dichotomy and hate . Infact, Dr. Goodluck started exhibiting all these vices when he was Governor of Bayelsa State. As a Deputy Governor,he has some obstacles so when he became Governor, it was a payback time . He started punishing the ijaws that brought him to power in the state. Dr. Goodluck Jonathan started playing politics of divide and rule.

    He also made sure no project goes to any ijaw village and any Ijaw person is empowered in Bayelsa .This he has continued till date . I served in the State Executive Council with Dr, Goodluck Jonathan and I questioned one of his series of contracts he used in siphoning the Bayelsa State treasury was his singular approval of Two Billion Naira (2,000,000,000.00) for sand stock piling at Yenogoa for Bayelsa indigenes to park and use to start a building project I stood up to oppose it but yet Two Billion Naira was paid but a drop of sand was not dropped.

    During Dr. Goodluck’s administration Thirty Billion Naira was missing in Bayelsa State Treasury. Bayelsans should ask him to refund this missing money before he should ask them of their votes. There was speculation that he used the money to sponsor himself and Late Yar’adua in 2011 election. So I called on you Dr.Goodluck Jonathan to return this Thirty Billion and two Two Billion to Bayelsa State before asking for their votes or best explain the whereabouts of these monies.

    Much do I know ,that Dr. Goodluck is not a good manager of resources since he is embedded in corruption from when he was the Governor of Bayelsa State. Today our foreign reserve is depleted. Our Naira is devalued. Poverty and unemployment is a National Pride . Insecurity and Nigerian Children, mothers and fathers dying in the North-East and yet he wants the votes of North- East . Is this not insensibility and insult to the people of this zone and by extension and insult to our collective psychic as a nation? And yet he sponsors some persons in the Niger Delta Project only and no other part of this country has a right to become President until he finish to divide us, impoverish, oppress, squander our economy and plant corruption as a subject in our schools and we were corruption as toga around the world.

    This President is the richest President in the Africa. Dr. Goodluck Jonatahn has invested in five business men who are highly celebrated Billionaires in Nigeria. And three of them came back to raise election funds to sponsors him to increase his investment on them while Nigerians will continue to live poverty, deprivation and insecurity, This is a vicious circle that we must not continue with it . Under his divide and rule Dr. Goodluck Jonathan has infiltrated my tribe some ijaw youths to agitate that Dr. Goodluck Jonathan is all that the Niger Delta can offer but this youths forgot that this President has not giving respect to Ijaw Leaders .

    To mention but few ,Prof. Tam David West, Alabo Graham Douglas, Chief Princewell Horsefall , Chief T.K.O Okorotie, HON FynmanWilson,HRM Joshua Igbagara. e.t.c.

    Dr. Goodluck Jonathan never appoint any of these Leaders to Federal Appointment nor consult them regularly for the interest of our tribe and our Nation, Nigeria , Rather the President despises them, insult some of them by singularly paying SOKU Oil We lls that I put in EXCRO account for Rivers and Bayelsa State while I was Federal Commissioner Revenue Mobilisation ,Allocation and Fiscal Commission . Now Dr. Goodluck Jonathan wants your votes so that the next four years he will make the Kalabaris non-oil producing place by forcefully collecting the remaining oil-wells and allocate them to Bayelsa and ask you to go to court that will take fifty years to resolve. The Kalabaris cannot be intimidated, induced or coerced to vote for Goodluck Jonathan by himself or his proxy.”IJAW NATION” . All the ijaws in Bayelsa State know that Dr. Goodluck Jonathan does not love us .Throughout his six years administration he did not appoint any ijaw son as a Minister. The highest appointee was Late Gen. Andrew Azazi as National Security Adviser . He was appointed by Dr.Goodluck Jonathan, sacked by him and buried by him.

    Recently, we heard that Hon. Seriake Dickson was physically manhandled and beaten by the President Security detail at the Villa. Presently Governor Dickson is the Leader of Ijaw people due to the office he occupies. So can the Ijaw be so humiliated for their leader beaten up ? As a serving Governor, can this happen ? The Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) and Ijaw National Council (INC) to carry out independent investigation to unravel the truth.

    On Christianity , Dr. Goodluck Jonathan is not a Christian . I am a close friend of Dr.Goodluck Jonathan and he confirmed our friendship during one of his presidential briefing.

    Dr.Goodluck Jonathan I know serves voodoo , And that is what he practices . In 2006 in the dining at the Governor’s Lodge Yenegoa, he did not pray before eating, so I asked him why, he replied me that he has not prayed in his life . I was really worried hearing that from him. The following day we were discussing when Dr.Goodluck told me he has a weakness and that he does not know how to forgive.

    The country today is blood, blood , blood and nothing is done. Why? And no solution “ So by their fruit we shall know them” When the righteous rule, the people shall rejoice.

    Dr.Goodluck should desist from using religion or the churches to advance his campaign or adoption, because it will make to expose him further. We want a country of peace, love and security.

    I wish to also thank the 1st Lady who once saved my life in 2006 while I was staying in Government House Bayelsa with you. APC I am joining today will solve insecurity, corruption, unemployment, poverty, Power,and run a vibrant economy.

    Thank you Gentlemen of the Press

    Dr. CCHIEF FRANK AKPOEBI ,(Former Commissioner for Health Bayelsa State and Former Federal Commission Revenue Mobilization, Allocation and Fiscal Commission )
    NKHL

  • Change for the Worse

    He who has fetched firewood filled with termites has invites lizards to a feast in his home. That man is Danjuma.

  • BlackieUmukoro

    Nzegwu’s coup speech of 1966 touched on corruption and 10 percent takers. The beggining of corruption but the antidote was to kill all his tribesmen in the army. The ACF patroit sent Ironsi packing from planent earth. Those who took over raised the bar of corruption, and when Murttalatook over, it was because of corruption, when Dimka attempted, it was due to corruption, when Buhari came, it was because of corruption, when IBb took over, it was the dame corruption issue and by the time Abacha entered the scene, he claimed everything has been stolen and helped himself to the remnanyt, then came Obj who helped himself with what he missed in 1976. Ebele only came to lower the bar of corruption. Anyway ACF should warn boko haram and all those in their forum who want to make the country ungovernable and not the innocent ex militants

  • Amihor Timothy

    God help nigeria