A group, the Progressive Citizens of Nigeria (PCN) has described as derogatory and deliberate show of disrespect the accusation of complicity leveled against President Muhammadu Buhari by the Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, over recent incidents of insecurity and violence in some parts of the state.
The group warned Governor Dickson to stop insulting the office and person of the President Buhari whenever he is under pressure from critics and opposition parties in the state over his noticeable failure to manage resources and maintain security of lives and property.
The group, in a statement issued on Friday to newsmen via email and signed by its president, Comrade Osarojor Baridi and Secretary, Abdullahi Gamji, noted that a study has shown that Governor Dickson has the penchant for insulting politicians including the former president, GoodLuck Jonathan, and his wife.
The statement said: “While we are not concerned if he insults his party members at will, we will not condone his style of politics of insult against President Muhammad Buhari to cover his failure.”
According to the group: “Facts have shown that Governor Dickson, during the last 2016 governorship election in Bayelsa state, launched a barrage of insult on the president and his office simply because he came under pressure.
“He was on the radio committing acts of treason with direct claim against the president just because voters wanted him out of office.
“Instead of facing issues of criticism from opposition parties with points and facts, Governor Dickson prefers to throw insult at President Buhari. If former Governor Sylva comments on issue of Bayelsa governance, Governor Dickson throws insult at the president. If there is a clash among youths of Brass, Governor Dickson directs his frustration at President Buhari. At the last count, Governor Dickson has insulted President Buhari hundreds of times.
“After insulting the president and his office, Governor Dickson will visit the same office advocating for issues of national importance. Can you imagine that a president he accused of complicity in the insecurity in Bayelsa, is the same man you had wanted to commission a cargo airport? We call on Governor Dickson to face issues rather than engaging in name calling, insults and blackmail.
“We have been told many storms that Governor Dickson displays a penchant at abusing eminent leaders of the Ijaw nation and Nigeria, both in public and private, which has become his trademark of politics of blackmail and character assassination.
“We warn him to stop and engage in productive discourse. What he does not take from powerless Bayelsans he arrest, intimidate, attack or jail for speaking out against him, he is venting his frustration on the President and office of the President.”
The Bayelsa state governor had last week accused President Muhammadu Buhari of allowing a former governor of the state, Timipre Sylva, and the minister of state for agriculture, Senator Heineken Lokpobiri, to undermine the security of his state.
He also expressed shock that the president has failed to take any action against the All Progressives Congress (APC) leaders and their cohorts who cause mayhem in the state despite making several reports and complaints to him and the security agencies.
Governor Dickson, had in the press statement issued by his Special Adviser on Public Affairs, Mr. Daniel Alabrah, stated that despite several security reports tabled before President Muhammadu Buhari on the activities of the accused politicians, “The president has allowed common criminals and terrorists such as Sylva and Lokpobiri to unleash violence on their people while the Inspector General of Police is sitting in Abuja to direct investigation of a petition against the Brass Council chairman.