Saturday, January 21, 2012

Their Son, Our President

This Day
19 January 2012

The Verdict according to Olusegun Adeniyi.


 having publicly announced himself as Jonathan's 'godfather', one can understand Chief Clark. That perhaps explains why in the course of the 2010 political crisis he could not even show a little compassion for the man (Yar'Adua) who used to address him as "father", for no other reason than that he (Clark) wanted his Ijaw kinsman to be president.

It is, however, not what Chief Clark and some South-south leaders did to Yar'Adua at his most vulnerable moment that is the issue today, it is the violence they are unwittingly doing to the image of President Jonathan. Almost every day now, it is common for one Niger Delta group or another to invent either an assassination attempt or impeachment plot against the president. And following the protests of last week, they are now trying to recreate a president whose support base is restricted to the South-south and the South-east of the country, and yet they don't see anything wrong with that.

Last week, Chief Clark led some respected people from the Niger Delta to allege that some vested interests were trying to hijack the nationwide protests to remove the president from office...

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