The Ijaw Youth Council, IYC, has condemned what it tagged as the unprovoked and unwarranted intimidation and harassment of former President Goodluck Jonathan and his family by the current government.
In a statement by its National President, Roland Pereotubo, the youth body also accused the government of “using the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, as a front to harass the former president and his family.”
He said: “While we are not against the ongoing fight against corruption, we totally condemn in very strong terms what is evidently selective and a clear case of witch hunt of the immediate past first family. It is on record that no former military Head of State or President has been harassed and intimidated like former President Goodluck Jonathan and we do not want to believe that this is happening because he is an Ijaw man.
“Nigerians and the world expect President Muhammadu Buhari and the APC-led Federal Government to reciprocate the benevolence, magnanimity and high spirit of patriotism that was shown by former President Jonathan during the 2015 presidential election.
“Despite the glaring irregularities that were prevalent during the election especially in the North where there were clear evidences of underage voting, rigging and other electoral frauds that were perpetrated.
“Let it be on record that no region, tribe or ethnic group has a monopoly of violence. Again, it is an incontrovertible fact that the Ijaw Nation which is the fourth largest ethnic group in this contrived entity called Nigeria with over 250 distinct tribes which were hitherto independent nations, kingdoms, clans, chiefdoms, empires and emirates have never been conquered and we shall never be conquered by any ethnic group or failing government.”