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Tuesday, 10 May 2016

South East APC To Niger Delta Militants: Leave Buhari Alone, Direct Your Anger To Jonathan


The South East caucus of the All Progressive Congress, APC, has risen in defence of President Muhammadu Buhari by telling the Niger Delta Avengers to channel their grievances to former President Goodluck Jonathan.

In a statement by the caucus spokesman, Osita Okechukwu, he advised the militants to give President Buhari time to look into their issues and problems.

Okechukwu said said it was making the appeal taking into cognizance the laudable projects the president had charted and lined up for the Niger Delta region, including the Clean-Up of Ogoniland, completion of East-West road and Calabar-Lagos Railways.

 He stated that the militants should focus their grievances more with former President Goodluck Jonathan.

“May we honestly ask the Niger Delta Avengers, where they were, when our dear former president, His Excellency, Dr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, GCFR, from 6 May, 2010 to 29 May, 2015 presided over Nigeria?” the caucus said.

“Were the Niger Delta Avengers in deep slumber when Jonathan, for good five years failed to Clean-Up the Niger Delta, failed to complete East-West road, failed to review Oil Blocks, failed to Amend the Constitution to their taste, and failed to build the three Greenfield Refineries which he awarded?

“In actual fact, if there is anything to avenge, or anybody to blame, the barb should be directed at ex-president Jonathan and cohorts who criminally neglected the Niger Delta and by extension Nigeria via unconscionable planlessness and squander-mania.”

It said the ongoing bombings of oil installations in the Niger Delta is an ill wind that will not blow anyone any good, pointing out that bombings of forcados pipeline, Bonga oil field, Chevron trunk lines and gas installations will not facilitate the implementation of 2014 National Conference report, funding of the Amnesty programme, nor the clean up of the Niger Delta region.

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