Jonathan Urges Niger Delta Militants To Sheathe Their Swords

Muhammadu-Buhari-Goodluck-JonathanNigeria’s former president, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan on Wednesday called on Niger Delta militants to sheathe their swords and let peace reign in Nigeria.

He added that no one should make any attempt to balkanise Nigeria.

Dr Jonathan said this while speaking to State House correspondents after a closed door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari, which lasted for about 15 minutes at the Presidential Villa.

“You’ll see that it’s not just about me. All the traditional rulers, elders and opinion leaders of the Ijaw ethnic nationalities have been in touch to see that peace reigns in the country.

“The emphasis is that we need a united Nigeria and I always emphasise that Nigeria is great, not just because of oil.

“We are great because of our size (the human resources we have and the diversity we have). So if we balkanise the country into small components, we will all be forgotten by the world.

“We are all working collectively to ensure that these issues are resolved,” he said.

Dr Jonathan, who arrived the Presidential Villa at about 2PM, said he was there to give a brief of his recent external engagements to President Buhari

“I have come to brief the President about some of my engagements… leading the AU election monitoring team in Zambia.

“I came to brief the President about some of these external engagements,” he said.

The former President also touched on the fight against corruption, where he said it will be sub-judicious to speak on them as almost all the matters were in court.

He, however, promised to talk at the right time.

Jonathan Commissions Federal High Court In Asaba

JonathanPresident Goodluck Jonathan has commissioned the new Ultra Modern Federal High Court complex in Asaba on Wednesday, December 3.

President Jonathan, represented by the State Governor, Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan, pointed out that the presence of High Court in virtually every state of the federation is a good development as it would bring justice closer to the people while commending the Chief Judge and other Justices of the court for their hard work and immeasurable support for his administration’s resolve to hold accountable all the perpetrators of terrorist acts across the country.

The Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Ibrahim Ndahi Auta, commended the efforts of the state government in ensuring that the Federal High Court was established in Delta State, stating that “Delta State now has not only one Division but two Divisions, one in Asaba as well as one in Warri”.

‎During his speech, President Jonathan also commended the Federal High Court for its implementation of innovative reform measures determined to expand access to justice and bring it closer to Nigerians.

He observed that the access to High Court by Nigerians would not have been possible if deliberate steps are not taken to ensure the presence of the court in virtually every state in the federation.