The Middle Belt Patriotic Front have expressed complete disapproval over the comments made by the former president, Goodluck Jonathan last week in a meeting with the United States congress on the religious crisis in the northern part of the country.
During the meeting, Jonathan reportedly alleged that religion was tearing the nation apart, a comment which the National Chairman of the forum, Bishop Musa Fomson, described as ‘reckless and unpatriotic’ while speaking to journalists in Abuja on Monday, February 6.
Jonathan at the event disclosed that the political desire of his administration to halt impunity in Nigeria gave rise to the localisation of religious extremism in the North-east with intermittent killings in other northern zones.
He went on to explain that he also reached out to the “Muslim Ummah in Nigeria, His Eminence, the Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar III,” whom he was able to convince to “publicly condemn Islamic extremism in Nigeria.”
Musa Fomson urged security agencies to invite the former president for questioning in order to enable them unravel his intentions about Nigeria.
“It was the mindlessness of his administration that amplified the schism to a point where persons that were once neutral learnt to hate adherents of other faiths. It was Goodluck Jonathan that made religion and ethnicity into campaign issues in order to cover the incompetence of his rule in the quest for re-election.”
He accused former president Goodluck Jonathan of using sowing seeds of disunity via his “ill-advised romance with the then President of the Christian Association of Nigeria(CAN), Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, who even ran errand as weapons buyer and was instrumental to reducing Christendom into the current level where whatever CAN have to say is being second guessed.”
The cleric went on to say that the ex-president failed to make it known to his Unites States audience that there would have been no killer herdsmen ravaging the country and occupying the fourth position in the list of the deadliest groups in the world if he and his aides had not stolen the money mapped out for the purchase of weapons to fight against Boko Haram.
Fomson also said:
“Several of his aides, like Ankio-Briggs have stopped short of endorsing the war these militants are waging against the Nigerian state. His speech before the US House Committee stopped short of doing same by anchoring the attacks on oil export infrastructure on resource control.
“If the former president thinks we have forgotten his foot soldiers and multiple persons from the Niger Delta threaten to make the country ungovernable should he lose the 2015 election, which he glaringly lost because of his serial failures and rejection by Nigerians.”
He further listed a number of things that Jonathan must do if truly he has the interest of the nation at heart. His words:
“If Goodluck Jonathan truly loves Nigeria, he must immediately stop all his subversive activities like the speech he made before the US House Committee in which he usurped the role of a sitting government by negotiating a US intervention.
“He must speak with all his cronies to return all monies stolen from Nigeria, whether it was the one meant for arms purchase, stolen from crude oil sales or foreign loans that were channeled into their personal pockets.
“He must ask his militants in the Niger Delta and their proxies operating as separatists in the South-east to immediately cease hostilities against the Nigerian state. His coded call for them to scale up attacks is well noted when he said.
“Also, the military crackdown in the Niger Delta will not end the agitation there. It will have the opposite effect of provoking the youths which will cause them to seek to acquire sophisticated weapons to defend themselves and their communities.
“This may, in turn, lead to secessionist movements and the reincarnation of the Isaac Jasper Adaka Boro led revolution and the Biafran civil war.”