Bayelsa - Ogbia Brotherhood, the apex umbrella body of the kinsmen of former President Goodluck Jonathan, yesterday, dismissed as “unfounded” and “mischievous,” the allegation levelled against him by some militant groups in the Niger Delta region over purported sponsorship of the Niger Delta Avengers, NDA, Vanguard reports.
The Ogbia Brotherhood, at a media interactive session in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, led by its National Chairman, Benson Agadaga and Secretary-General, Chaplain Ogiriki Ebutu, said the kinsmen of the former president from Ogbia Kingdom of Bayelsa State condemned in strong terms the dangerous and spurious allegation against Dr. Jonathan.
They said that though these allegations were made against the former President by faceless groups and mischief makers, Jonathan is known to be an embodiment of peace, stability and from his pedigree, he exudes peace and a firm belief in the sanctity of life and unity of the country.
They described him as a man too refined to sponsor violence against the nation.
A splinter group, Reformed Niger Delta Avengers (RNDA), which recently split from the NDA, according to News 24 had issued a statement on Saturday alleging that former President Jonathan was the “grand patron” of the violent group, NDA.
Jonathan said he would soon issue a formal statement, but clarified that he was in no way tied to the NDA.
He stated that the names of those listed as alleged sponsors and supporters of NDA suggested that a political agenda informed the composition of the list.
He noted that there was absolutely no truth to the allegation that he was backing the NDA or any other militant group in the Niger Delta or anywhere else.
- News 24