Following claims by some militant groups in the Niger Delta region saying that former President Goodluck Jonathan has a hand in the sponsorship of the Niger Delta Avengers, NDA, Kinsmen of the former president under the aegis of Ogbia Brotherhood, has come to his defence, dismissing the claim as “unfounded” and “mischievous” and describing him as a man too refined to sponsor violence against the nation.
The Ogbia Brotherhood made this known during an interactive session in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, led by its National Chairman, Chief Benson Agadaga and Secretary-General, Chaplain Ogiriki Ebutu also stating that despite the allegations by faceless groups and mischief makers against their son, Jonathan is recognised to be a visible form of peace, stability and from his roots, he emits peace and a strong faith in the sanctity of life and unity of Nigeria.
Kinsmen of the former president from Ogbia Kingdom of Bayelsa State expressed complete disapproval of the dangerous and false allegation against Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan.
Chief Agadaga, a former state Commissioner for Information in Bayelsa State, in his speech said:
“It is unthinkable that the former President, by any stretch of the imagination, could be linked with sponsoring or even establishing an armed outfit like the Niger Delta Avengers to antagonise the Federal Government, where he has just served as President with the goodwill of Nigerians.
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“May I add in unequivocal terms, that the allegation lacks substance and does not bear true reflection or semblance of the nature, original beliefs and intent of this prominent son of Ogbia.
“The Ogbia people, for instance, are not historically known for fanning the embers of war or reckless shedding of blood for any reason. Dr. Jonathan appears to have inherited his political disposition from our political father, Chief Melford Okilo, of blessed memory.”
He pointed out that the claim was an effort to mar the political image of the ex-president. He said:
“The status of Dr. Jonathan cannot be cancelled with the hypocritical excuse of non-performance and failing to develop the Niger Delta region. The Niger Delta cannot benefit anything by eliminating or frustrating Dr. Jonathan, our only national and international voice.”
The Chief went on to speak the mind of the Ogbia Brotherhood stressing that the commitment of Jonathan to the sanctity of life is further demonstrated by the fact that through his tenure as Bayelsa Governor and President of the country, there were no reported cases of extra-judicial killings and high profile assassinations.