A group of ex-militants under the aegis of the National Coalition of Niger Delta Ex-Agitators (NCNDE) has described the administration of former president, Goodluck Jonathan as a great dis-service to the people of the Niger Delta.
This was disclosed in a statement issued in Abuja on Tuesday, July 14, by the NCNDE president, ‘General’ Israel Akpodoro, Punch reports.
The Niger Delta people are disappointed in Jonathan. When ex-President Umaru Yar ‘Adua brought amnesty, there was an agreement that the Niger Delta should be developed. But Jonathan disappointed us; out of the 30,000 ex-agitators, about 75 per cent did not benefit from the amnesty programme under Jonathan. We fared better under Yar’Adua,” he said.
The group tendered an apology to President Muhammadu Buhari for the insult he received from Niger Delta people during the electioneering campaigns, while calling on him to review the amnesty programme of the federal government and contract for the protection of oil pipelines.
He stated: “The latest appointments by the president goes to show that he remains a pan-Nigeria nationalist with the accurate sense of judgement. President Muhammadu Buhari should keep up the job by appointing credible Nigerians into positions of service, especially appointment of Special Assistant to the President and chairman of Amnesty Programme. We have resolved to support the President in his service to the country.”
The president of the group urged Nigerians to be patient and give President Buhari a chance, saying he was ready to work unlike Jonathan.
Akpodoro commended Buhari for dismissing the service chiefs and subsequently replacing them.