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Bayelsa premier throws weight behind Jonathan

01 April 2014, 07:33Augustine Osayande

Abuja - The Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, has lashed at critics of President Goodluck Jonathan, especially members of the opposition parties, after they accused him of leadership failure.

He argued that Nigeria's political woes and security challenges predated the present administration.

The Governor maintained that the problem started accumulating right from the foundation days of the nation, adding that rather than castigating the person of the President, he should be commended for mustering the needed political will and courage in addressing the myriad of challenges facing the country.

The Governor absolved the President of the blame of the alleged leadership failure by the opposing political parties.

He solicited the support of the various professional bodies and political class to enable President Jonathan achieve his ambition of transforming the country.

He submitted that as a group of professionals, they owed the nation a duty of setting an economic agenda aimed at repositioning the Country in line with the present administration's Transformation Agenda.

Dickson said the amalgamation of the Northern and Southern protectorates in 1914, is not a mistake and people should see it as a platform to promote unity, oneness and equity, as it was the only way to move the nation forward.

“Some say the amalgamation of this County in 1914 which is now 100 years is a mistake. Well, everybody is entitled to his or her own opinion.

"But, even if this marriage is faulty, I don't think the call for separation is the best option, considering the period that, the relationship has lasted. Instead, we should look for ways to make the marriage work.

"That is why the steps being taken by President Jonathan must be commended and supported. Every objective mind within and outside this Country can see the innovation and positive change Mr. President has brought to bear on the leadership of our nation,” Dickson added.

– CAJ News

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