BY ISAAC OLAMIKAN
The Ijaw Youth Council(IYC) has described the recent order by the Federal High Court, Abuja that ex-President Goodluck Jonathan should appear before it as a judicial prosecution.
In a statement signed by its president, Barrister Roland Oweilaemi Pereotubo, the IYC asserted that “the motive behind the invitation is far from what the laws has prescribed.”
Going further, the IYC stated: “To us, the invitation is made with mischief as same is not only made mala fide but also calculated to embarrass the person and office of President Goodluck Jonathan.
“This is the first of its kind in the history of this country and same should not be allowed to pride in.
“It is an affront to the person of President Jonathan for a court to invite him in such a humiliating manner, especially when it is glaring that the intent and purposes for the subpoena is to use the instrumentalities of the judicial powers to persecute the man in order to put him to public disrepute.
“We will not allow that to happen. This is an insult to the Ijaw people. Those who want to ferment strife in the country should not use the sanctity of the judiciary to prosecute their aims. “Jonathan’s acceptance of election defeat should not be taken as a cowardice but a reflection of true statesmanship.
“This present government owes a duty in all moral fronts to respect the person of President Jonathan for the sacrifices he has made to keep us united.
“No former president of this country has ever been openly humiliated the way and manner this present government is persecuting Jonathan’s family.
“Let it not be seen as an offense for Jonathan to peacefully hand over power to President Buhari.”
Barrister Pereotubo called on President Mohammadu Buhari and the comity of ex-Presidents to intervene in the matter.
“The Ijaw nation will not sit idle by and allow her son to be publicly humiliated in such a despicable manner.
“This has never happened in this country and we will not allow it to start with our son.
“Those who want to make history through the gentility of President Jonathan should as well be ready to dance the rhythm of the macabre sung.
“A word is enough for the wise,” the IYC president concluded.
BY ISAAC OLAMIKAN