Former President, Jonathan Denies Sponsoring Militants


Former President Goodluck
Jonathan has dismissed as
malicious a statement linking
him to the militant group, Niger
Delta Avengers (NDA), which has
claimed responsibility for numerous attacks on oil facilities
as well as employees of oil
companies in the Niger Delta.
A splinter group, Reformed
Niger Delta Avengers (RNDA),
which recently split from the NDA, had issued a statement
earlier today alleging that former
President Jonathan was the
“grand patron” of the violent
group, NDA.
Speaking briefly to our correspondent from Zambia,
where he is scheduled to
monitor elections next week, 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.