President Goodluck Jonathan
A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from Edo State and Chairman of Hensmor Group Limited, Prince Henry Omorodion, has frowned at the continued disparaging attacks on the person and office of the President of Nigeria.
Omorodion, who said this while speaking with the press at the NIMAREX event held in Eko Hotel, Lagos, advised critics to be more constructive in their criticism of President Goodluck Jonathan.
The businessman said the president has shown good intentions in salvaging the country from corrupt influences.
Omorodion, who is also the Odunanoba of Bini Kingdom, said Jonathan has demonstrated good will by appointing a Minister of Petroleum Resources from the very beginning of his regime.
The minister, according to him, is not only accountable to the president but also accountable to Nigerians.
He argued that the first regime when democracy returned in 1999 did not appoint a minister of petroleum for most part of the life of the administration.
While he charged the president to be more focused in the discharge of his duties as President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, he however advised that critics should be careful about the way and manner they carried out their criticisms as this may be capable of overheating the polity as well as discouraging educated and experienced Nigerians from holding political positions in the future.
He further said that the actions of ‘these critics are unpatriotic and diversionary.’ He lamented the open insults thrown at the person and the office of President Jonathan.
He said is in other climes, utmost regard is given to the position and person of the president regardless of political, ethnic or religious persuasion.
He is particularly worried that the comments emanate from former high-ranking government officials who have the benefit of official channels to air their views and grievances rather than going on the pages of the newspapers.
Omorodion contended that ‘these latter day activists and critics’ were themselves averse to criticism during their own period of stewardship in past governments.
He therefore said their actions were self-serving and disservice as the president has continued to encourage both indigenous and foreign participation in the economy.
The Odunanoba called on Nigerians not to fan the embers of discord between the president and former President Olusegun Obasanjo, while also calling on Jonathan to beware of sycophants.