…declare now, ex-militants’ leaders tell President
Ex-militant leaders in the Niger-Delta yesterday challenged President Goodluck Jonathan to formally declare his interest in seeking re-election next year,immediately.
The Niger Delta Youth For Democracy led by ,Roland Abanara, Figbele Joseph and Austin Aboh, said Jonathan has done so well in his first term in office that nothing should obstruct him from returning for a second term.
The militants,at a press conference in Benin, vowed to resist any plan aimed at frustrating his second term campaign, and declared that alleged politicization of the Boko Haram insurgency is designed to portray him as incapable of leading the country.
Abanara also made a case for an Ijaw as the next governor of Delta State.
They said former Niger Delta Affairs Minister, Elder Peter Godsday Orubebe ,fits the bill.
President Jonathan’s transformation agenda,according to him, has affected the nooks and crannies of the country and was optimistic that he has the ability to take the country to a new height.
He added: “those who are capitalizing on the insecurity challenging confronting the nation to discredit the President should remember that terrorism as being witness today never started with the emergence of President Jonathan and the government is not relenting in bringing an end to it. We all know that terrorism is a global challenge, it is sad that it is only in Nigeria that opposition are playing politics with it.
Decrying alleged marginalization of the Ijaw in Delta State,Abanara said wondered why no Ijaw has been allowed to rule the state since its inception.
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