A civil rights group, Centre for Rights and Grassroots Initiative, has urged the Department of State Service and other security agencies to summon the Lagos State Peoples Democratic Party governorship candidate, Mr. Jimi Agbaje, over a warning he gave last week.
Agbaje had warned that some elements in the oil rich South-South region could ‘shut down the system’ should President Goodluck Jonathan lose next month’s election, adding this made it important for Jonathan to return.
However, the CRGI, in a statement by its Executive Director, Mr. Nelson Ekujimi, said the statement was sensitive and must be investigated.
The group said it had become imperative to investigate the statement because President Goodluck Jonathan had warned in his New Year Day speech that security agencies should arrest troublemakers and “this provocative and inciting statement by Mr. Jimi Agbaje presents a perfect opportunity to test the sincerity of Mr. President and the professionalism of the security agencies.”
The statement added, “The security agencies should immediately invite Mr. Jimi Agbaje for questioning to give more light on his people who have the power to shut the system. The security agencies must make their findings public in order to reassure Nigerians whose sensibilities have been assaulted by Agbaje’s reckless statement on national security.
“Also, the security agencies have a constitutional responsibility to the people of Nigeria to be impartial and professional in the discharge of their functions and it is hoped that they will take this task as a national assignment.”
Meanwhile, the All Progressives Congress has also berated Agbaje for his comment
In a statement by the publicity secretary of the Lagos State chapter of the party, Mr. Joe Igbokwe, the party said “Lagosians will be making the greatest mistake in history if a candidate that lacks training in simple economics and the monumental power of a diversified economy is voted in error.”
The statement added, “The APC is at a loss and completely dumbfounded that a candidate that says he wants to govern a dynamic, powerful, prosperous, and enlightened state like Lagos is resorting to this type of cheap and strange blackmail in the 21st Century in order to win an election.
“Even in the Third World, there are many countries that are surviving without oil. In 1997 Dell computers made more money than Nigeria with just 12,000 workers. MEARSK Containers, a shipping company; Apple, HP make more money than Nigeria and yet Agbaje, a pharmacist, cannot think in the 21st Century.”