Urhobo threaten to march naked if Jonathan refuses to run

By The Citizen

The campaign for President Goodluck Jonathan's re-election received a boost Thursday with the people of Urhobo ethnic nationality in Delta State threatening to march naked on the streets of Nigeria, if Jonathan fails to seek re-election in 2015.

Describing Jonathan as the best President that Nigeria has ever had, the people listed the rare qualities and credentials of the President to justify their insistence that he must be returned in 2015 to consolidate the gains already recorded by him.

PROTEST-Traditional rulers from Kalabari on a protest march against the ceding of some of their communities to Bayelsa State in Port Harcourt. Photos: Nwanpa Chijioke

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The Urhobo natives, who made their position, clear when they met with the Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta, Mr. Kingsley Kuku, in Abuja on Thursday, stated that Jonathan had impressed them and that they would still vote for him in the next election.

The leader of the Movement for the Survival of Urhobo Ethnic Nationalities, Chief Rex Anigoro, pointed out that contrary to the castigation of Jonathan for weakness and non-performance, the President had actually surpassed the mark attained by his predecessors.

'We make bold to say that in 2015 we will still vote for President Jonathan because of his outstanding performance so far. But let us warn that if he refuses to run, we will march naked through the streets of Nigeria to compel him to do so.

'Tell Mr. President that the Urhobo people stand solidly behind him because for the first time in the history of Nigeria a President has declared state of emergency with democratic institutions still intact, the railway system that had since been abandoned is back while the power sector is receiving a boost just as strikes in our universities have ended.

'And we are very proud of President Jonathan because of all Nigeria's presidents, he is the most educated, most responsible and responsive, most experienced and most qualified to run this country and did not emerge out of accident as some people will want to say.

'We want Nigerians to know that Jonathan is not an accidental President but a well trained leader, who has proved that it is possible for any Nigerian to lead the country through the dint of hard work, dedication and commitment to the cause of their fatherland.

The Urhobo group however castigated the recent attempt by some of their natives to forge an alliance with the Arewa youths with a view to achieving some political ambitions in 2015, saying that those persons did not have the mandate of the generality of the people to do so.

The Presidential Adviser on Niger Delta, Kingsley Kuku, used the forum to brief the Urhobo group on steps so far taken by the Jonathan's administration to restore peace in the Niger Delta through the Amnesty programme and called on them to continue to work for peace progress of the nation.