Following reports making round on social media that Goodluck Jonathan and a host of other chieftains of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) provided financial backing to pipeline-bombing Niger Delta Avengers militant group, the former Nigerian president has refuted the claims, calling it laughable.
Quoting to a source who spoke to Sahara Reporters,
“Mr. Jonathan dismissed the list released by Cynthia Whyte, an alias for the spokesman of RNDA.
Former President Jonathan said he would soon issue a formal statement, but clarified that he was in no way tied to the NDA. Asked if President Muhammadu Buhari had invited him to help broker peace in the oil-producing zone, Mr. Jonathan said he had received no formal request from his successor. However, he said he was aware that Ijaw elder, Edwin Clark, was working informally to help restore stability in the area.
Former President Jonathan said he did not wish to trade words with “Cynthia Whyte.”
“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 asserted 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.”