The Northern branch of the Christian Association of Nigeria, (Northern CAN), made up of 19 northern states and Abuja, yesterday counselled President Muhammadu Buhari against any plans to arrest former President Goodluck Jonathan.
The group said that it is already a known fact that the popularity of the present administration in the country was rapidly dwindling among Nigerians, therefore, heeding such will only create an opportunity for mischief makers to throw the nation into confusion.
This was said in a statement in Kaduna by the Public Relation Officer of Northern CAN, Rev. John Joseph Hayab, one-time Adviser on Religious Affairs (Christians) to both late Governor Ibrahim Yakowa and former Governor Ramalan Yero of Kaduna State, adding: “What Nigerians need urgently is availability of fuel, electricity, prompt salary, security of lives and properties etc”.
The spokesperson of the Association, also said that if the demand to arrest Jonathan was aimed at pleasing the international community as a proof that the Nigerian government was fighting corruption, then it must also understand that the same international community is already occupied with celebrating him as a hero of democracy because of his actions before, during and after the 2015 elections.
Northern CAN further pointed out that there are some individuals still serving, who have been accused of corruption but are free, walking and speaking like saints because nothing has been established against them and then questioned the rationale behind turning a blind eye to such people while ‘government now wants to arrest a man of peace like Jonathan’. Part of the statement issued by Northern CAN says:
“CAN Northern states wishes to advice that such an action, if actualized, has the capacity to lead to serious confusion that will affect Nigeria economically and otherwise. We are afraid that such an action may spark chain reaction.
“We believe Former President Jonathan deserves praise and should receive gratitude from those in power today not scorn.
“Let it not be that this purported planned arrest is meant to distract Nigerians from speaking or complaining about the reality of what and how they are feeling since the past eleven months, we are afraid that such an action may spark a chain of reactions.
“If our President wants to arrest anything for now then he should arrest the incessant spate of herdsmen attacks in Nigeria which has led to the deaths of almost a thousand innocent Nigerians under his watch. He should arrest the dangerous slide in the power sector; he should arrest the slide in the economy. We believe at this time and with the current realities our former president must not be denigrated but honoured, because honour must be given to whom it is due”.