Elder statesman and former Minister of Information in the First Republic, Chief Edwin Kiagbodo Clark, has said the President Goddluck Jonathan administration is divinely-ordained, warning that those opposed to his government are fighting God.
According to Clark, “Any person fighting Jonathan is fighting God. Whatever God said you will be that is what you will be and whoever wants to remove him (Jonathan), God will fight him. Under the grace of God, Jonathan became the acting president and later president. What is yours, nobody can take it from you,” he said.
He continued: “Some people said that they must rule and if Jonathan runs, there will be bloodshed. Majority of the northerners believe in Jonathan and want him to continue. Whoever wants to split this country will fail.
Clark made the declaration yesterday when the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) chapter of South-south community leaders, chiefs and elders honoured him as their grand patron.
Clark warned those fighting the president to stop as they are not fighting the president but God, who made it possible for him to become the President of Nigeria.
He insisted that the constitution permits Jonathan to run for a second term, adding that as a lawyer who had practised for 50 years, he always laughs when educated people say Jonathan cannot run and that he has been sworn-in twice.
He explained that former President Olusegun Obasanjo imposed former President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua on Nigeria.
He said when it was sold to Jonathan that he should be Vice President, his first reaction was he will not take the position.
Clarks declaration coincided with the alarm raised by a group “We the People of Nigeria” to the effect that there are plots to blackmail President Goodluck Jonathan from contesting the 2015 presidential election.
The group which is one the organisations campaigning for the re election of President Goodluck Jonathan in 2015, claimed that there are plans by some individuals and groups to harass and blackmail the President and some of his Cabinet members so he could drop his re election ambition.
The National Co-coordinator of the group, Mr Elvis Agukwe who raised the alarm yesterday at a World Press conference in Abuja declared such evil plots was bound to fail as it was the entire Nigerian electorate that would determine his fate at the poll.
Aguikwe however appealed to President Jonathan to immediately declare his intention for the race so as to silence those behind such evil machinations and give rooms for all his supporters across the states of the federation to start mass mobilization for ahead of the Presidential election.
According to him, “an orchestrated and well-funded campaign of calumny has of late been waged against President Jonathan and some of his star ministers, aided by a highly partisan media, this cabal wants to employ subterfuge, harassment and outright bully to stop President Jonathan from presenting himself for re election”.
“Starting from the infamous open letter to defection of some governors and legislators and the false alarm from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Governor, they have employed perfidious means to incite Nigerians against President Jonathan and the federal government,” he added.
He pointed out that “the current persecution of the president is not on account of non-performance on his part,” saying that “they see Jonathan as a hurricane threatening their stranglehold on Nigeria’s power level since Independence in 1960″.
According to him, “they see themselves as the owners of Nigeria who must determine the occupants of Aso Rock, they arrogate to themselves the sovereignty of the people, for the first time, they are now confronted with the stark reality that Nigeria’s themselves want to determine who presides over their affairs, that is the problem confronting Nigerians and Nigeria”.
Agukwe declared that those behind the plot to stop President Jonathan were afraid that four years of his administration might expose them as “frauds, incompetent and visionless with the possible consequence of Nigerians asking for their heads.”