President Goodluck Jonathan has said that given the treasonable utterances of some politicians who are protected by constitutional immunity, they have proven that they are not deserving of such immunity.
He spoke Thursday when the Bayelsa State governor, Seriake Dickson led traditional rulers fro the state to pay homage to the president on his birthday.
According to President Jonathan, the clamour by some Nigerians for the removal of the immunity clause may have been informed by the abuse of such protection by some politicians.
The president said: “This country must continue and we will not give up to blackmail by anybody. we will do our best and Nigeria must survive these temporary setbacks like Boko Haram and other security challenges.
“If there are people making statements, threatening the survival of this country, especially some people who probably have constitutional immunity and are abusing that privilege, that is why some Nigerians are saying that immunity clause be removed because some people don’t merit it, since they abuse it. Some people are making remarks that are more or less treasonable, don’t be worried, nobody can upturn this country” he said.
The president said though there are challenges in the country, it is a normal process in the development of a nation and Nigeria will overcome.
“As a nation we have our challenges. yes, it is rough. other nations have passed through such rough roads too. I always said that I don’t know whether the State of Isreal has ever known peace for one day, but they are moving, they are developing. go to America today, most of the millionaires are Jews, but they are always fighting to survive.
“that we have challenges should not be misconstrued that the country will come to an end. We will surely overcome those challenges and this country must move, this country must unite” he said
While commending the Bayelsa delegation for identifying with him and pledging their support, President Jonathan said it has boosted his confidence that his immediate constituency is behind him.
“This is the first of its kind, and that shows that as a human being you come from somewhere and your people appreciate you and come around you, it helps others also to notice that you have people that you were sent to serve the rest of the country.
“So today I’m here to serve Nigeria and you are here to support me, to identify with me as my people . If I’m here to serve this country and back home you don’t give me this support, of course definitely people will not take me serious, they will say even his people have rejected him, so I thank you today for coming, for gathering our royal fathers from all the kingdoms in Bayelsa State to come in this manner, I remain most grateful for all of you” the president said.
Governor Dickson who presented a birthday card on behalf of the delegation assured the President that the people of the state were strongly behind his administration.
The Bayelsa state governor said contrary to impression being created outside, The people of the state remain at peace with themselves and other parts of the country.