The Ijaw Youths Council IYC over the weekend alleged that the there were plans by the Federal government to arrest former President Jonathan.
Speaking to Journalists at the funeral of former Bayelsa state governor, Dipreye Alamiyeseigha, the president of IYC, Udengs Eradiri, said the recent arrest of Jonathan’s nephew, Robert Azibola, by the anti-graft agency EFCC, shows the Federal Government was gradually closing in on the former President. Eraditi said the Ijaw youths have vowed to resist any attempt to arrest or prosecute Jonathan
“They have arrested almost all our people. Azibola was arrested by the EFCC and we are calling on the EFCC to stop persecuting him further and charge him to court if there are issues. They detained him for a long time forcing him to make statements to indict former President Jonathan. Azibola was a businessman, contractor and has the right like every Nigerian to get contracts. Why will the Niger Delta case be a different one? We noticed that the same way they persecuted Alamieyeseigha, they want to continue with Jonathan. Our people who contributed in that administration are being persecuted by this government. The recent one is the ploy to arrest Jonathan which is unfolding every day. This must stop. Jonathan was the most performing president that Nigeria has ever had. We are proud of him. Every day, there is a calculated attempt to whittle down the achievements of Jonathan. We call on Nigerians to mount pressure on the government to focus on leading Nigeria right rather than looking for ways to bring down the achievements of Jonathan. Buhari should please focus on governance rather than persecution of people who have added value”he said