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Naming railway station after ex-President Jonathan demeaning – PANDEF says, urges Buhari to name the Port Harcourt International Air Port after Jonathan instead

Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan during a book presentation in Rivers State

The Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF) has described the naming of the Agbor railway station after ex-President Goodluck Jonathan as demeaning.

President Muhammadu Buhari had few weeks ago named the Agbor, Delta State, railway station after Jonathan.

But PANDEF in a statement by its Ken Robinson, its National Publicity Secretary, described the gesture as meaningless and belittling to the person of Jonathan.

PANDEF in its statement titled ‘PANDEF derides naming of railway after former President Jonathan’, asked the Federal Government to name a more befitting national infrastructure after ex-President Jonathan as he deserved to be celebrated in Nigeria.

The Niger Delta group consequently called on President Jonathan to reject the dishourable gesture.

“Though understandable that all those that the various railway stations are named after are prominent and deserving Nigerians. However, if the gesture was truly an honour done to Goodluck Jonathan, then there would have been no reason naming several other stations after numerous other persons.

“It is simply improper, incongruous and completely unacceptable that one of several railway stations in the country would be named after former President Jonathan. More so, there is no other former Head of State or President that a railway station has been named after.”

“If President Muhammadu Buhari sincerely wants to honour former President Jonathan in terms of naming an infrastructure after him, it should be something befitting. What is wrong if, as the first democratically elected President of Nigeria from the South-South geopolitical zone, the Port Harcourt International Airport, Omagwa, Rivers State, is named after the former President?

“The Port Harcourt International Airport is one of the nation’s five functional international airports, in addition to those in Lagos, Abuja, Kaduna, and Enugu. The Abuja international airport is named after Nigeria’s first President, Dr Nnamdi Azkiwe; that of Lagos is named after the late Head of State, General Murtala Mohammed; and the Enugu international airport is named after Akanu Ibiam, who was governor of the former Eastern Region from 1960 to 1966.”

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