For claiming that the Dr Goodluck Jonathan-led administration did nothing for the Ijaw, a Niger Delta rights group, the Movement for the Sustainability of Ijaw People (MSIP), has described Bayelsa State Governor, Hon Seriake Dickson, as a stone-hearted traitor who is scheming to take the place of the former president as the foremost Ijaw leader.
Dickson seemed to have stirred the hornets’ nest by describing the administration of former President,. Goodluck Jonathan, as wasted years for the Ijaw nation.
Reacting to the development, in a press statement issued, yesterday, National Leader of the Movement for the Sustainability of Ijaw People, Mr. Tonbra Ebitimi, described Dickson as an overtly too ambitious “lesser star” who disparages the former president, while pretending to love him.
The statement said: “We believe that only a stone-hearted traitor would move against a man who regularly comes to his rescue in times of danger.”
The group further compared Dickson to Brutus, a villain who dealt Caesar the heaviest blow from his hidden hand while pretending to be a friend.
The statement reads in part, “our attention has been drawn to a trending news story in which Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, was said to have rubbished the administration of former President,Goodluck Jonathan. While speaking at the Ijaw House in Yenagoa, on Tuesday, at this year’s Adaka Boroh memorial, Dickson had described the six years that Goodluck Jonathan spent as Nigeria’s president, as ‘wasted opportunity for the Ijaw’.
“Initially, we did not believe that such toxic arrow could be shot from the bow of a political godson in the direction of his highly revered mentor and fellow kinsman. But having waited for about two days for Dickson’s clarification or rebuttal to no avail, we have no choice but conclude that the attack was a carefully orchestrated denunciation trained to achieve a desired end.
“We suspect that the aim was to rubbish the achievements of the Jonathan administration, pull down its vestiges, and damage the former president’s persona as a prominent Ijaw leader, in order to pave the way for the ascendancy of a lesser star, who is evidently too ambitious to take his place. Well, it is obvious that this experiment has failed woefully.
“All that Dickson needs to do to see that he has shot himself on the leg is to go online and read the acerbic comments from angry Nigerians against him and his sanctimonious diatribe.
“We will not say much here because that would amount to publicly disparaging one of our sons in defence of another.
“But Dickson should realize that this was one statement he shouldn’t have made, no matter the weight of the disdain and grudge he nurses against the former president and his immediate family.
“It is instructive that Dickson is not only Jonathan’s godson but the governor of his state! Ordinarily, he should be the one to rise to Jonathan’s defence in all circumstances, even when others are criticizing him. Unfortunately, the reverse is the case. Like Brutus, his knife is the first to go in.
“But does Dickson really have any good case against Jonathan? We don’t think so because we are all witnesses to the successes recorded by the Jonathan administration towards not only advancing the cause of the Ijaw, but also working assiduously to make life better across the country.
“We are also aware of how much the former president boosted Dickson’s political career by supporting his gubernatorial ambition while still president. Even out of power Jonathan gave his all to team up with Dickson against a very formidable opponent; an unconditional support that helped him win a second term.
“We believe that only a stone-hearted traitor would move against a man who regularly comes to his rescue in times of danger.
“While other governors, and even President Muhammadu Buhari’s ministers, are positively appraising the achievements of the former President, Dickson is lurking behind him pretending to be his brother, but with his invisible dagger drawn.