ABUJA – The Public Relations Officer, 19 Northern States and Abuja chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Rev. Joseph Hayab, has observed that the popularity of the present administration in the country was rapidly dwindling among Nigerians, advising that any attempt to arrest former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan would not speak well of the country.
In a statement he issued and made available to newsmen in Kaduna Tuesday he said, “Every honest Nigerian knows that the fellers on the ground is that this administration’s popularity is dwindling rapidly among Nigerian people. It is, therefore, not advisable to think or plan to arrest former President, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan.
“Let me warn that such a misadventure will set a wrong precedent and only open door for mischievous people to set this nation into confusion.
“What Nigerians need urgently is availability of fuel, electricity, prompt salary, security of lives and property, among other issues that are begging for urgent answers.
“If the purported plan to arrest him is to please the international community and prove to them that we are fighting corruption, then let us know that this same international community are busy celebrating him as hero of democracy and even those who seriously wanted him to go for a change to happen are now singing a new song about him.
“Former President Jonathan is deservedly seen in Nigeria and beyond as a hero of democracy because of his actions before, during and after the 2015 elections.
“As such, it will be an ill advice for the Buhari administration to initiate the arrest of such a statesman at this time and with the current realities.
“Our government must know that there are individuals serving today that are also being accused of corruption but since there are claims that nothing has been established against them, they are walking and speaking like saints.
“While ignoring all these, government now wants to arrest a man of peace like Jonathan? CAN Northern States wishes to advise that such an action, if actualised, has the capacity to lead to serious confusion that will affect Nigeria economically and otherwise.
“We believe former President Jonathan deserves praise and should receive gratitude from those in power today not scorn.
“Let it not be that this purported planned arrest is meant to distract Nigerians from speaking or complaining about the reality of what and how they are feeling since the past eleven months, we are afraid that such an action may spark a chain of reactions.
“If our President wants to arrest anything for now then he should arrest the incessant spate of herdsmen attacks in Nigeria which has led to the deaths of almost a thousand of innocent Nigerians under his watch.
“He should arrest the dangerous slide in the power sector. He should arrest the slide in the economy.
“We believe at this time and with the current realities that our former president must not be denigrated but honoured, because honour must be given to whom it is due.” (The Citizen)