A group, Coalition of Niger Deltans for Justice and Development, has described as callous, wicked, malicious and unthinkable the smear campaign linking former President Goodluck Jonathan with the Niger Delta Avengers.
The group claimed the campaign to malign Jonathan, whom it described as a good, innocent, peace-loving, law-abiding and God-fearing man, was meant to harm the former President.
The CONDJUD President, Mr. Ebiakpo Barle, said in a statement on Friday that the plot to bring Jonathan to disrepute, imprison him with the ultimate aim to perhaps, eventually kill him in detention being contrived by the blackmailers was selfish, personal and wicked.
Barle said, “Laughable as the allegations against him (Jonathan) in the campaign of calumny already in the open are, it cannot be taken for granted and waved aside as it is serious because they are desperate and anxious to accomplish their clandestine mission to malign, frame up and eliminate an innocent man.
“The plot is to link and to establish him as the chief sponsor of the activities of a militant group in the Niger Delta, the Niger Delta Avengers. The ex-President, we all know, is a meek and honest man, who upholds more than anything else, the unity of Nigeria and progress of her people for greater development.
“Therefore, any kind of thinking to link him with any set of persons or cabal planning or carrying out bloody mission of bombing and destroying economic means of the country or destabilising the nation cannot tally with his character.”
He said Jonathan had long ago demonstrated he is a non-violent person and does not play politics with the development of the country when he vowed that “no blood of any Nigerian is worth my ambition and I do not play politics with the development and wellbeing of our people.”
Barle said Jonathan, in upholding that principle, voluntarily relinquished power to his successor, President Muhammadu Buhari, without allowing his followers to foment trouble or violence during and after the 2015 presidential election.
He added, “That Jonathan is sponsor of the NDA is laughable and a fabricated lie from the pit of hell and the handiwork of mischief makers who are enemies of Nigeria and want this country to capitulate under the watch of Buhari.
“They are the same people who collaborated with other parts of the world to predict doom for Nigeria in 2015 and that the last presidential election would be the point of disintegration for Nigeria and Nigerians.”
He said those mischief makers, dissatisfied and angry at the failure of their prediction, were once again fanning the embers of disunity, destabilisation, disintegration and liquidation of Nigeria through plotting of a collision course between Jonathan and Buhari.
Barle alleged that some of the mischief makers were politicians within the fold of the All Progressives Congress seeking Buhari’s favour.