A day after the Governor of Bayelsa State, Seriake Henry Dickson claimed that former President Goodluck Jonathan wasted six years as president doing nothing for Bayelsa and indeed Ijawland, Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has said that critics of the former Nigerian leader need psychiatric test.
Also, a Niger Delta rights association, the Movement for the Sustainability of Ijaw People has described Dickson as a stone-hearted traitor who is scheming to take Jonathan’s place as the foremost Ijaw leader.
One of such cautions came from the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike when he said such people should go for a psychiatric test (apparently referring to Dickson’s inglorious allusion to former President Jonathan’s government at the centre).
Jonathan was invited by the Rivers State government on Thursday to commission projects to mark the second anniversary celebration of Wike’s tenure.
Responding from the point of appreciation, Wike said: “Mr. President, I want to use this opportunity to thank you for the support you gave to us when we were running this election. I am sure you will not feel disappointed by supporting us.
“The party in power told Nigerians that if they vote for them, they will make N1 to be equal to $1. I hope that Nigerians now see that N1 is equal to $1. Is that correct? They said they will make sure that everybody gets employment. I am sure that some of us who are here have all gotten jobs.
“They said that they are going to make life better for Nigerians, I hope that we are no longer dying of hunger. Now, instead of them to solve the problems they were elected to address, they said no, it was the other government.
“You came and told this people to vote for you and you will solve these problems, they voted for you and now you are complaining. You knew that there was a problem and that was why they voted for you into office. Instead of solving the problems, you are complaining that they were not caused by you.
“So, why did you come? I have said it that it is easy for them to shout. Nigerians have now seen those who tell lies and those who tell the truth. So, the difference is clear.
“I have challenged them; no project would be abandoned under our time. We will not use Rivers State government money to sponsor any political party. Rivers’ money is for Rivers people. Let our people enjoy the dividends of democracy.
“I don’t know how a government would have been in power for eight years and leave this bridge not to be constructed. You have seen the traffic on Peter Odili Road. Now, you can go to Trans-Amadi.
“We are happy and we thank you for coming to commission it. We decided that you should come, so that you will know that, as those you gave support, we have not abandoned you and we will not abandon you. We are not like some politicians who when anything is wrong, begin to sing a different song. Rivers State is a different place; we believe in you.
“We are different from other Niger Delta states. We can say it with all authority. We cannot come out in the public and begin to castigate our own and we will not do that. Those of them who do that should go and have a rethink. Doctors should go and examine them whether they are well or not,” Wike said.
In his response, Jonathan said: “I have no regrets that Governor Wike is the governor of Rivers State. I am happy that the governor has opened up Rivers State through projects.
“Wike has shown so much commitment to infrastructural development. The whole of Rivers State is now a construction yard.”
He pointed out that the appreciation for the excellent performance of Governor Wike goes beyond party lines. Jonathan recalled that Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, after visiting the state, declared that the governor is delivering on projects.
In a press statement on Dickson’s attack on Jonathan, Mr. Tombra Ebitimi, national leader of the Movement for the Sustainability of Ijaw People, described the governor as an overtly too ambitious “lesser star” who disparages the former President, while pretending to love him.
He 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 compared Dickson to Brutus, a villain who dealt Caesar the heaviest blow from his hidden hand while pretending to be a friend.
Ebitimi continued: “We suspect that Dickson’s aim was to rubbish the achievements of the Jonathan administration, pull down its vestiges, and damage the former President’s person 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 in the foot 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,” he said.