To Get Personalised contents and be able to add items to your favourites, please Sign In or Sign Up          

Emergency Rule: Jonathan Asked to Step on Toes, if Necessary

News » Politics

IMAGE: President Goodluck Jonathan »


By Omon-Julius Onabu

President Goodluck Jonathan has been advised not to hesitate “to step on toes” if need be in his quest to deliver the dividends of democracy to Nigerians.


The paramount ruler of Seimbiri Kingdom in Burutu Local Government Area of Delta State, Chief Pere Charles Ayemi-Botu, who gave the charge, however, described as courageous the declaration of state of emergency in three states of the federation by the president.

He disclosed that in the light of the pressure from certain quarters on Jonathan to stop hesitating on such crucial matters, many felt the emergency rule declared in the states was long overdue and that even the declaration was ‘watered down’.


He urged the president to continue with the state of emergency spirit, stressing that he should be bold and care less whose ox is gored when certain critical decisions are needed to be taken in the national interest, including stepping on the toes of the high and mighty.

Ayemi-Botu, who is erstwhile chairman of the Association of Traditional Rulers of Oil Producing Communities of Nigeria (ATROMPCON) was speaking at Okpokonou, when he received a delegation of Ijaws in the Diaspora.


He then called on the president to encourage the convocation of a ‘sovereign national conference’ of all Nigerian ethnic nationalities in order to permanently end mutual suspicion among the different groups and to enhance national unity.

Ayemi-Botu also advised the President to revoke all licences for oil blocs without further delay, saying it was in the interest of the Nigerian economy.


The Ijaw leader stated: “I congratulate the president for his courage in holding the bull by the horns, by declaring the state of emergency, though we had been calling on him to come out and step on toes.

“He seemed to be fidgeting; where some group of persons say they want to islamise the country, they are saying they abhor western education, you could see that they have no cogent reason, that they are masquerading.


He alleged that those from Northern Nigeria opposed to Jonathan were so because they want to take over the control of oil money from the Niger Delta region rather than in the interest of the nation.
“They are doing all these things simply because they don’t want Jonathan as Nigerian President. A state of emergency declared should involve those in the neighbouring states, stepping down this emergency state declaration is not a full-force declaration,” he said.

He opined that by not tampering with the political structure of the states in question the state of emergency did not go far enough by excluding other flashpoint states.


“If the governors of the states support the Boko Haram Islamic insurgents, leaving them in their position won’t work. What about Kano, Zamfara and Kaduna States.  He should behave well, what about Nasarawa, Benue and Jos?

“He should have included these states. It as been predicted that in 2015 Nigeria will break into many parts, if he doesn’t wants all these doomsday prophecies, as the Commander in-Chief, he should damn them and declare a full state of emergency.


“In my opinion these boys can move to the nearby states; so the president should place these states on standby. The step is not enough but he should brave it. He should declare it courageously and deal with them adequately. He should step on toes.

“Has the Northern Elders gathered together to talk to the Boko Haram sect all this while? They are doing this to rock Jonathan’s government; they want their person to be there so that it can be business as usual.”


According to him, “they want to continue to chop our oil money, they have 83% of oil blocs; it is like a family affair to them, but our people are suffering. Let them call for a sovereign conference and decide whether to stay together, let us know where we will go, let everyone go and manage its resources.

“We should prepare for 2015, if it is Jonathan that will be the last President then let it be so. We practice a presidential system, we should practice true federalism. Let the people control their resources and pay royalties to the centre. No wonder they are fighting the PIB bill.


“Jonathan should step on toes, revoke all the oil bloc licences, Nestoil belongs to late former President Musa Umaru Yar’Adua. Posterity will not forgive Jonathan if he fails to revoke the oil licences, 50 per cent should go to the Niger Delta. Oil is exhaustible; we want to control it and see how to invest the money before it is finished. They are angry that Jonathan is there now, they want their person.”

Article Credit: Thisday Newspaper

Updated 6 Years ago

Find Us On Facebook

Tags:     Emergency Rule: Jonathan Asked to Step on Toes     if Necessary