Nobody can stop me from visiting Bayelsa – Patience Jonathan

By 07:37 Fri, 23 Jan 2015 Comments


Wife of the President, Mrs. Patience Jonathan,

on Thursday said nobody or group could

threaten her if she decided to visit any part of

the country.


Mrs. Jonathan, who spoke with one of our

correspondents through her media assistant,

Ayo Adewuyi, was reacting to statements by

some youth groups threatening to disgrace her

if she attends the grand rally of the Peoples

Democratic Party in Yenagoa on February 5.

Two youth groups – Bayelsa Youth Vanguard

and the Mangrove Boys of Bayelsa – had, in

different statements, issued in Abuja and

Yenagoa, barred the President’s wife from

accompanying her husband to the rally in

Yenagoa, Bayelsa State capital.

The youths, who accused Mrs. Jonathan of

instigating political crisis in the state and

working against Governor Seriake Dickson, had

vowed to embarrass and disgrace her at the

rally.

But the spokesman for the President’s wife

described the groups as faceless.

He said Mrs. Jonathan would not be cowed into

avoiding any part of the country because of

threats from such groups.

He said, “We will not descend so low to be

joining issues with faceless groups.

“The fact however remains that the First Lady

as the wife of the President cannot be

threatened by anybody or any group if she

decides to visit any part of the country.”

Meanwhile, the Bayelsa State Commissioner of

Police, Mr. Valentine Ntomchukwu, has issued a

warning to some youth groups threatening to

disgrace the wife of the President if she attends

the grand rally of the PDP on February 5.

Two youth groups – Bayelsa Youth Vanguard

and the Mangrove Boys of Bayelsa – had in

different statements issued in Abuja and

Yenagoa, barred the First Lady from

accompanying her husband to the rally in

Yenagoa, Bayelsa State capital.

But Ntomchukwu, while addressing a select

journalists in Yenagoa on Thursday, urged

members of the public to disregard the threat,

saying it was the handiwork of some faceless

groups.

The commissioner said, “I want to appeal to the

general public to come out in large numbers to

welcome the President and the First Lady who

have done so much for this country. So, these

miscreants cannot disrupt the peace of Bayelsa.

“We have been enjoying peace and even on

that day we will be celebrating because it is the

day the President is coming, not necessarily as

the PDP, but as the President of the Federal

Republic of Nigeria. So, they cannot come and

tarnish the image of President in his home state.

“

Ntomchukwu said the police would provide

adequate security for the President’s wife and

other political groups visiting the state for rallies,

campaigns and legitimate businesses.

He asked the BYV and the MBB to desist from

making such provocative and inciting

statements, which he said, were capable of

puncturing the existing peace in the state.

He added, “The police will not hesitate to deal

decisively according to the extant laws with any

such groups when arrested. I want to assure

you that we are already trailing the Mangrove

Boys anywhere they may be.

“So, my advice is that these boys should just

go away from the state entirely because since

they have done this publication, they have put

themselves on the firing line and we are

definitely going to pursue them.

“We are operating with intelligence and all the

security agencies are at our disposal. As soon

as we catch them, they will face the wrath of

the law. Even though they are faceless, any

time they become visible, we are definitely

going to deal with them.

“We are asking the well meaning Nigerians to

come forward and give information not only on

these boys but on all criminal activities. We

have already identified them by their names and

we are trailing them.”


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