The United States Naval Forces Africa, Europe Commander, and Allied
Joint Force Command Naples, Admiral Michelle J. Howard, yesterday
visited Nigeria’s Naval headquarters for discussions with Chief of
Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibom Ete Ibas, senior Nigerian civilian and
military officials to discuss maritime collaboration and the naval
In a press statement from the U.S. Embassy, it revealed that, the
visit will allow Admiral Howard to talk to Nigeria’s leaders about the
significant contributions they can make to confronting security
challenges and enhancing stability throughout the region.
The statement reads, “Nigeria has over 450 miles of coastline and
their central location in the Gulf of Guinea makes their Navy a key
player in the fight against illicit maritime activity,” said Howard.
“I’m visiting to discuss the security challenges and deepening our
relationship in training and exercises,”
It further reads, admiral Howard will also meet with Nigerian
graduates of U.S. Service Academes and deliver a presentation on
women, peace and security at the Nigerian Defence College.
Stop Campaign Of Calumny Against Jonathan, Group Warns
A South-South advocacy group, the Niger Delta Round table (NDR),
yesterday accused some politicians under the administration of
Governor Seriake Dickson, of alleged sponsorship of calls on the
Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to probe and arrest
the former president, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, over alleged financial
crimes during his six years rein as President.
The group called on politicians in the State to stop the sponsored
campaign of calnumy against the former president.
A group known as the Forum for Accountability and Good Governance had
on Wednesday called on the EFCC to arrest the former president over
alleged corruption charges.
But the South South advocacy group, the NDR, in a statement issued via
email in and signed by its publicity secretary, Comrade Prekiye Abadi,
described some of the politicians, as a serial betrayer, who will not
stop at anything, “in his desperate bid, to forcefully assume the
topmost political leadership position in the state, despite the status
of Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, as a former president”.
The group, said it wonders, politicians under Governor Dickson, will
become so desperate, to continually denigrate, the good image and
reputation of Jonathan.
Referring to a statement, the Governor was quoted to have said, that
the Niger Delta, and Bayelsa State, did not benefit anything, in term
of development, during the tenure of Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, as the
president of the country.
The group also described those, calling for the arrest of former president
Jonathan, as ignorant, and mere trumpeters of the campaign of calumny,
being orchestrated by the some members of the administration of
Governor Seriake Dickson, against the former President.
It also said, that the call for arrest, is an insult on the person of
Dr. Jonathan, considering the facts available, and considering his
achievements nationwide and as one of those in the nation, that has
ever governed the country.
The group appealed to the former president, not to join issues with
the Bayelsa politicians under Governor Dickson, and those being
sponsored, to smear his image.