Rivers Crisis: Junaid Asked to Leave Jonathan’s Wife Alone

28 Jun 2013

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First Lady, Mrs Patience Jonathan

Chuks Okocha

A group, League of Rivers Lawyers,  Thursday called on Dr. Muhammad Junaid, to proffer curative solutions to the ravaging activities of the Boko Haram sect instead of engaging in derogatory remarks against the First Lady, Mrs Patience Jonathan.

Reacting to a media report in Abuja, which alleged that Junaid made some derogatory remarks about the First Lady over the Rivers State political crises, the group stated that it was not for Junaid to pass judgment over issues, which he neither knew its remote or immediate causes.

A statement signed by the chairman of the group, Mr. Timi Briggs, said: “The League took exception to the use of foul language to describe Nigeria’s First Lady and wondered why an educated, responsible and “an all knowing man” like Junaid is now the one acting most irresponsibly like a stark illiterate.

“Rather than dissipating energy and time talking about Rivers State politics, when his region is on fire and its economy broken by the activities of Boko Haram sect, Junaid has remained dumb and helpless. By calling Jonathan names, Junaid is behaving like a gangster by saying that Mrs Jonathan has no right to comment over the affairs of her state,” the group stated.

While urging the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) to call Junaid to order because his actions may impact negatively on the already heated polity, Briggs said: “If Junaid is looking for what to talk or work to do, the collapse of the Northern economy, rising unemployment, illiteracy and alarming insecurity under his nose are enough engagement rather than abusing Mrs Jonathan.”

According to him, “what is his interest in Rivers State? Why is he crying more than the bereaved? A character like Junaid thinks he has a monopoly of odious language and rascality because he is one of those deceiving Governor Rotimi Amaechi to be spending public funds to betray his brother and pursue a Northern agenda.”

The League said the First Lady has not done anything in Rivers State that will warrant her to be insulted by Junaid and his ilk. In fact, all her activities during her recent visit to her state were merely reconciliatory and aimed at increasing collaboration among the political class so that the state can move forward. Rather than call for total reconciliation for peace to return to Rivers State, Junaid is happy that Amaechi is operating like an emperor, wasting public funds on selfish ambition of being a vice-presidential candidate, causing friction, overheating the polity, and behaving like a fly that has no advisers.

“What did Mrs Jonathan do that other First Ladies did not do and even more? Nigerians saw it happen where a first Lady was the de facto President and was calling the shot in Aso Rock and yet Junaid saw nothing wrong with that. Or is Mrs Jonathan being abused by Junaid because her husband is a President from a minority tribe in Nigeria?” the League queried.

The League further said no matter whose interest Junaid is protecting, the people of the South-south will not allow him or Amaechi and their cohort to pull the wool over the eyes of the people of that region come 2015.

“The political crisis in Rivers State PDP is not new in Nigeria. It is normal in a democracy and there is nothing to suggest a semblance of the old Western Region crises except as it exists in the demented mind of Junaid.

“The relationship between the police and the governor in the state can be better handled if both sides drop pride but to say that Amaechi is right over and above all the other Rivers State men and women he has been oppressing and intimidating with the police in the past is to say the least, shameful on the part of Junaid,” the group added.

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