Pardon For Alamieyesigha Proof Jonathan Cannot Lead Nigeria, ARG Says

March 14, 2013 – 16:53 — siteadmin
Goodluck Jonathan
By SaharaReporters, New York
President Goodluck Jonathan’s
pardon of Dipreye Alamieyesigha
is proof he cannot lead Nigeria,
Afenifere Renewal Group (ARG)
has said.
It therefore called on credible
elements currently serving the
administration to quit and join
concerned Nigerians who are
working hard to help the nation
fulfill her destiny.
In a statement signed by Kunle
Famoriyo, its National Publicity
Secretary, ARG drew attention to
the anger that the pardon has
elicited among appalled
It recalled that the former
governor of Bayelsa State was
convicted by a competent court
of the land for corruption and
other official malfeasance, and
that the opprobrious events that
led to his arrest, prosecution and
conviction remain fresh in the
minds of Nigerians and the rest
of the world.
“President Jonathan was reported
to have made a recommendation
for pardon to the Council of
State, in respect of the ex-
convict, a man he had recently
described as his political
benefactor and mentor!” the
statement said. “And of course,
with a stroke of presidential
overlordship over the rest of
Nigerians, Chief Dipreye
Alamieyeisegha is no longer a
convicted criminal, but now a
completely free man, bearing no
guilt or stain.”
ARG noted that the import of this
development is not lost on
“What it simply means is that
under the administration of
President Goodluck Jonathan,
crime and corruption pay, and in
fact shall be appropriately
rewarded. Indeed, many have
suggested that the President
should turn full circle by
compiling a list of all past
convicted criminals, armed
robbers, fraudsters, and similar
offences, with a view not only to
granting them presidential
pardon, some even
posthumously, but also
apologising to them.”
ARG reminded President
Jonathan that by this action and
similar ones he has undertaken,
he is doing his best to mortgage
the future of this country,and
further destroy its moral fabric.
“We dare say that this President
lacks the moral character to run
a modern nation-state,” it said.
“He has lost the justification to
lead Nigerians, and has now
inadvertently, and with an official
presidential seal, put Nigerians
under the siege of official
corruption and financial crimes.
President Jonathan, by many of
his actions, especially in the
promotion and condonement of
corruption in the high places, is
doing so much damage to the
country, and sending the country
down on a free fall, that would
take many years to reverse.”
It said it was particularly
disconcerted that some former
Heads of State of the country
were railroaded into taking this
“odious” path, expressing regret
that if indeed they were fully in
the know of the processes
leading to the decision, perhaps
it is time for them to be
appropriately designated as
‘stage men’, rather than
“We are therefore of the opinion
that it is time for real leaders to
emerge to salvage the sinking
ship of this land. President
Jonathan and his Peoples
Democratic Party (PDP) must be
told clearly and without
equivocation that they do not
own this country. Of course, the
real owners of this country, the
Nigerian people would in due
course take their destiny into
their hands by combining forces
to terminate this conspiratorial
contraption that has been foisted
on them by a band of wicked and
unconscionable people.”
The group said that just as it did
in the dying days of former
President Umaru Yar’Adua’s
regime when Madam Turai and
the so-called Villa cabal were
embarrassing the office of the
Vice President of Nigeria, and its
members effectively worked with
others to mobilise Nigerians to
enable President Jonathan to
assume his position, it was again
willing to work with like minds
and other true patriots to re-
direct the course of the country
from the current journey towards


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