Why Ijaw Leaders Are Angry With Jonathan

A section of Ijaw leaders has openly castigated ex-President Goodluck Jonathan for allegedly neglecting to promote the collective interest of the Ijaw in his six years as President.
They accused him of paying attention to only his Ogbia and Otuoke kinsmen while ignoring other Ijaws.
Jonathan is from Otuoke in Ogbia Local Government area of Bayelsa State.
The Ijaw leaders under the aegis of Bayelsa Progressive Coalition Initiative are of the opinion that the Ijaw nation has little or nothing to show for his six years leading Nigeria.
Consequently, some of them chose to boycott Friday’s reception for him in Yenagoa, the state capital and Otuoke on his return from Abuja.
The President of the group, Mr. Godwin Ebikpo and the Secretary, Margaret Tei, in a statement in Yenagoa, accused Jonathan of abandoning “the Ijaw in Southern Ijaw, Kolokuma-Opokuma, Sagbama and Ekeremor local government areas in his scheme.”
According to them, Jonathan merely “used Ijaw title to garner respect from other parts of the country but back home, he played the Ogbia brotherhood politics, empowering the Ogbia people directly and indirectly with juicy contracts, appointments, scholarship overseas and financial assistance.
“He, however, excluded the Ijaw in the mentioned local government areas without realising that the Ijaw struggle took him to the exalted office.
“The core Ijaw always fight the battle for resource control and self-determination with their blood but when by providence Jonathan got to the top he executed parochial agenda to enrich his nucleus enclave as demonstrated by Ogbia brotherhood in Jonathan’s leadership.”
But the group pledged support for the reelection bid of Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State next year in view of the performance of his administration in his first term, and said his re-election should be viewed as a project for all Ijaw people.
They hailed him for uniting the entire Ijaw and giving them a voice.
The group expressed happiness that God destroyed the efforts of former first lady, Mrs. Patience Jonathan who, in their view, attempted to destroy the Dickson administration.
It was also gathered that the Ijaw leaders are unhappy with Jonathan for allegedly resisting all entreaties from the state governor to pay a working visit to the state.
The failure of the President to pay a working visit to the state had, at a time, fueled speculation that all was not well between him and the state governor.
But the state government dismissed the insinuation.

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