As the political terrain in Nigerian continues to get heated up, a group of entertainers under the aegis of Concerned Entertainment Veterans of Nigeria, CEVON, have risen in defense of President Goodluck Jonathan, saying it is unfortunate how some Nigerians under the guise of opposition, attack the person of the president.
“As concerned members of the entertainment community and as watchdogs of the society, role models, brand ambassadors in Nigeria, we will be doing the entire Nigerians a disservice if we do not speak up,” the group said in a statement by about ten members and made available to Saturday Pilot.
The statement said further: “The group takes exception to the incessant insult of the person and office of the president which has become a recurrent decimal by politically distraught nay-sayers who believe the office of the president is their prerogative.”
The group of entertainers said it is rather unfortunate that members of the political class have taken Nigerians for granted with their unpatriotic statements which they say ‘are inimical to the progress and well being of Nigerians.”
CEVON also decried the spate of political cross carpeting and the way it is being used to desabilse the polity. According to the group, while it is the right of every Nigerian politician to decide to be within any party of his choice as enshrined in the constitution, such activities should not in any way be allowed to affect Nigeria, especially as “most of the political parties are devoid of vision, ideologies and manifestos, and to a great extent, leadership.”
They therefore called on all Nigerians to at all times, respect the person and office of the president irrespective of political leaning.
The statement was signed by Ejike Asiegbu, Ejezie Emeka Rollas, Abubakar Usman, Steve Eboh, Callistus Sunday and Rita Tony Edochie. Ethers are: Seyi Aboderin, Maigari Abdulahi, Ebong Clement Etuk, and Ibiwari Sekibo.