Group Accuses Anti-Graft Officials of Collaborating with Northern Elders Against Jonathan



Jonathan-news 600The Northern Emancipation Network has threatened to expose northern leaders who are behind what it called recent plots to distract President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration by dragging the unwary northern population into a fruitless battle for personal ascendancy in 2015.
Addressing a press conference in Zaria yesterday, the group’s coordinator, Abdul-Azeez Suleiman said the plotters have lately intensified their activities following the release of Major Hamza Almustapha and consequent calls for Jonathan to make him chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.
Suleiman who was accompanied by Barrister Abubakar Kurawa and Abdul Auwalu, said some self-proclaimed northern leaders who feel threatened by Almustapha’s freedom “suddenly began hatching plots to darken the President’s popularity in the region in the belief the Almustapha would be used to call them to account for their numerous misdemeanor.
“The plots began with distributing posters carrying photographs of President Jonathan with Almustapha with inciting inscriptions. Then they sponsored some obscure youth groups to ignite calls for the integration of the country as the northern position. And with recent widespread calls for Almustapha to be made EFCC chairman, they plan to sponsor uncomplimentary documentaries against the President and Almustapha on a foreign media network.
“Already this northern group of elders working with some top officials of one of the anti graft agencies are paying thousands of US Dollars to the foreign media for the documentary which they plan to release soon, ” Suleiman said.
He disclosed that the northern leaders involved are angry with Jonathan whose respect for the rule of law paved the way for the release of Almustapha whom the unjustly persecuted for 14 years for fear he would expose their dirty secrets.
“And the anti-graft officials involved in the latest campaign plot are those whose jobs are apparently threatened by the public clamour for Almustapha to be appointed EFCC chairman, ” said Suleiman.
The group leaders urged President Jonathan to remain resolute in his administration’s fight against corruption and assured that his return to power along with his vice, Namadi Sambo is a settled matter.
“It is only a few households that have held the northern region to ransom for decades and who are directly responsible for the region’s lamentable state of education, disabling poverty level and general moral and infrastructure decay that are dragging the innocent population into their self-serving antagonism against government. But when the chips fall, the world shall realize that this usurper class has little or no influence over how the emerging cultured Northerner thinks, ” Suleiman assured.

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