The Africa Arise For Change Network, AAFCN, has warned the Coordinator, Every Nigerian Do Something project, ENDS, Dr. Peregrino Brimah, to desist from his unnecessary attack on former President Goodluck Jonathan, as well as others whom they described as people who put their lives on the line for the security of the nation.
Addressing journalists in Abuja, National President of the group, Nkechi Odoma said while Jonathan might have lost elections and the officials that served his administration may be on the receiving end of the anti-corruption fight today, he must be commended for not allowing the Shiite Sect in Nigeria from metamorphosing into another terror group.
Odoma who was making reference to a recent article by Brimah, where he attacked former President Goodluck Jonathan, late Army Chief, Lieutenant General Azubuike Ihejirika (rtd), also laughed off Brimah’s call for sack of Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai.
He said, “Ordinarily, one should ignore the narrative offered by this man but the fact that the implied mischief in the opinion piece dressed up to pass as news feature was too dire to dismiss. Brimah apparently had his sight on former President Goodluck Jonathan but the title and wording of his piece futilely attempted to throw a cursory reader off the scent of his intended target by making it look like he was targeting the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant-General Tukur Buratai.”
He said further, “Brimah’s call for General Buratai’s sack was an afterthought as the true object of his vituperation was Dr Jonathan who had repeatedly refused to give in to the kind of blackmail that Brimah who prides himself as a so called political observer must have been aiming to score. He should have simply joined the on-going chorus that blames Jonathan for all the ills of the world and it would be fine. But to attempt rubbishing Jonathan’s record for kicking off the fight against extremism is purely irresponsible.”
The group said Nigerians should therefore be commending Jonathan’s unique foresight that those propagating extremism were brought to order early enough.
He said Brimah has failed in his several attempts to ridicule General Ihejirika when he was the COAS by fabricating tissues of lies under the guise of activism.
“It will seem he erroneously thinks Jonathan and Ihejirika are still in office hence the rabidity with which he continues to attack the Army as an institution. We therefore call on Dr Brimah to immediately stop his rabid attacks on the person of former President Jonathan. He should leave retired General Ihejirika alone. Dr Brimah should let those who risked their lives to secure Nigeria alone.”
He warned that if Brimah continues to attack these people unjustly, the group shall be compelled to dig up facts and expose his sponsors.
He said, “it is not everyone that is making the mistake of buying into his intellectual backing for terror. Our hope is that the present government will take the necessary actions when we expose Brimah and his sponsors. The government of the day must not keep quiet at that point simply because it is a former President that is being harassed now.”