Gabriel Idibia, Kaduna
The Movement for Genuine Democracy in Nigeria (MGDN) has noted with dismay, an attempt to set up former President Goodluck Jonathan as the sponsor of the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA).
It described the attempt as comical.
The movement said, in a statement made available to newsmen in Kaduna, that it had recently reached a pitch with ‘Presidency sources’ giving reasons for the wrong footed theory that bothers on the absurd, at best and amateurish at worse.
The statement signed by the chairman and secretary, Mr Jonah Ishaku and Shuaibu Lawal respectively asked, “who, in his right mind, would waste time before denying an obviously fabricated story”.
“Does it make any sense to use Dr. Jonathan’s denial as the desperate proof to nail him as sponsor of NDA?
“And how preposterous can these intelligent reports be? This can only come from an unintelligent intelligence agency”, the group noted.
MDGN also took a swipe at the Muhammadu Buhari administration saying that it has successfully reversed progress the country made before it came on board.
“What a pity, that in less than an 18 months an administration that inherited a democracy has turned Nigeria into a police state.
“What a pity that a government that inherited the fourth fastest growing economy in the world has only bequeathed to us an economy in recession.
“Polio that had vanished is now back with us. Starvation is now the order of the day in the North which is meant to be the food basket of the nation.
“Pilgrims are getting concessionary dollar rates while legitimate businesses cannot access foreign exchange and our government is unable to pad our roads, even though they can pad their budget.
“Rather than fix these, they are grasping at straws in their desperation to find a scapegoat for their non performance.
“They claimed that South South Governors, at a meeting in Aso Rock, fingered Jonathan yet the South South governors have openly and directly denied the allegations, and one of them pronounced a curse on the faceless people feeding lazy journalists these tales by moonlight.
“We call on all peace loving Nigerians to hold this administration responsible should anything happen to Dr. Goodluck Jonathan who is fast emerging as the face of democracy in Africa.
“We further call on the Buhari administration to face the onerous task of governing Nigeria and stop testing the waters by planting stories whose sole purpose is to distract Nigerians from the appalling state of affairs in their nation in the last year”, the group stated.