The Ijaw Youth Congress Worldwide (IYCW), has alleged that some politicians in President Buhari’s cabinet are blackmailing former President Goodluck Jonathan.
The group, through its spokesman, Eric Omare, said those behind the alleged blackmail, are angry that the former President wants to peacefully resolve the Niger Delta crisis.
Omare’s statement is in reaction to allegations by the Reformed Niger Delta Avengers (RNDA) that Jonathan is the Grand Patron of the Niger Delta Avengers.
The umbrella group of the Ijaw youths also advised the former President to take legal action to ensure that those peddling such false stories are made to pay.
According to Omare, “The characters behind this desperate plan are politicians of Niger Delta extraction who are in the present government and do not want a peaceful resolution of the renewed militancy in the region.
“They prefer a military option that would result in the killing of innocent Niger Deltans. The genesis of these frivolous accusations against former President Jonathan started after he visited President Buhari few weeks ago.
“And after the meeting and while speaking with the media, Jonathan said that everybody desired peace and that the leaders of the Ijaw nation were working hard to achieve peace in the Niger Delta region including himself.”
“This did not go down well with these party chieftains and political office holders in the Federal Government from the Niger Delta region because they did not want a peaceful resolution of the crisis.
“Secondly, they don’t also want Jonathan’s intervention to resolve the crisis for obvious political reasons. So, this is the reason why they have orchestrated all sorts of lies to drag Jonathan into the formation of the NDA. It is deliberate and we are sure the top hierarchy of government knows this fact,” he said.
The RNDA also alleged that the ex-President Jonathan and others should be held responsible for the plan by the Niger Delta Avengers to declare the oil rich region as an independent republic on October 1, 2016.