The Federal Government has reprimanded several ex-militants and Niger Delta warlords following threats made by them that there would be war if President Goodluck Jonathan fails to emerge victorious at the Saturday, February 14, 2015 presidential elections.
The Niger Delta warlords had convened at the Bayelsa State Government House at the beckoning of Kingsley Kuku – a Speacial Adviser to President Jonathan – where they said there would be no more “one Nigeria” if the President is not re-elected.
Notable Niger Delta individuals at the parley in Yenogoa included Asari Dokubo, Tompolo, Boyloaf and Gen. Young Shall Grow.
Addressing the issue at a press conference in Abuja on Thursday, January 29, 2015, Minister of Interior, Abba Moro warned against inciting comments as President Jonathan is not in support of violence and is fully committed towards ensuring the conduct of free and fair elections come next month.
Moro said: “It is reprehensible for people to threaten this country with mayhem should their candidate lose the election. The President, Dr. Jonathan, has not left anybody in doubt as to his preparedness to conduct a free, fair, credible and transparent election.
“Mr. President has said that in the unlikely event of his losing the election, in the course of this exercise, that he was straight man enough, he was democratic enough to concede defeat.
“So, if Mr. President himself, who is the main contestant, who is the President of this country, who is the leader of the PDP(Peoples Democratic Party) has come out to say that he was going to ensure free and fair elections where the choice of Nigerians would be respected, I do not see where statements from supporters of either Mr. President or any political party for that matter should derail the course of this democratic movement.”