Attack Has Nothing To Do With Niger Delta- Jonathan

THE GUARDIAN Newspaper- Abosede Musari

PRESIDENT Goodluck Jonathan visited victims of the bomb blast in the company of his wife, Patience. His words:

I HAVE to thank all of you, journalists, that are here, all Nigerians and world leaders, who have condemned the attack that led to the death of innocent Nigerians.

As the President of this country, on behalf of government and people of Nigeria, we express our condolences to families that lost some of the victims.

My visit here is to encourage and empathise with those on admission. Surely, government will take care of the bills. We are also going to reach out to the families of those who have lost their lives and see the little government can assist to cushion the immediate loss.

But let me also use this opportunity to reassure Nigerians that what happened yesterday had nothing to do with the Niger Delta. People just used the name of MEND to camouflage criminality and terrorism. This is similar to the commercial kidnapping taking place in the South and South East, especially. People kidnap for money. They are not struggling for anybody, they are not representing anybody’s interest.

And the release, purported to be from MEND, attributing it to lack of attention to the Niger Delta is not tenable, because this is the first time somebody from the Niger Delta has opportunity to be President for about four months.

So, whatever your grievances are, and you have your own here, you should have some hope. Good things don’t happen overnight. For anybody to work with a terrorist organisation and try to use the Niger Delta as a camouflage is totally unacceptable.

Inform the international media that that was a camouflage. It had nothing to do with the Niger Delta. I attended primary school few kilometers away from the Oloibiri well 1, the first commercial oil well in this country. So nobody, and I repeat, nobody can claim to be more Niger Delta than myself. Definitely, it has nothing to do with the Niger Delta struggle. These are terrorists. We know them, we know their sponsors, we are on their trail and by God’s grace, some of them will face the law.

Yes, there were security lapses, but security issues are not discussed openly. We have to re-examine our security system, no doubt about that, to face modern challenges we have, with or without this incident.


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