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Buhari’s re-election bid splits ex-militant leaders

By Onwuka Nzeshi and Emmanuel Masha on 20/09/2018

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The re-election bid of President Muhammadu Buhari in the 2019 general elections has split the camps of former Niger Delta militants.

While some of the ex-agitators have declared support for Buhari on the basis of his performance in the oil-rich region, other leaders of militant groups yesterday stated that there is nothing on ground to justify a re-election of the President in 2019.

This is as the Presidency intensified its lobby of militant groups in a bid to secure the support of Niger Delta people ahead of the 2019 general elections.
But a coalition of Niger Delta agitators yesterday described the Buhari administration as a total failure for not fulfilling its electoral promises to the people of the Niger Delta and the country in general.
In a statement signed by the coalition’s convener, General John Duku of the Niger Delta Watchdogs, and other “Generals” heading the other groups, the agitators distanced themselves from the Reformed Niger Delta Avengers (RNDA), which endorsed Buhari’s re-election.

Meanwhile, Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta, Prof. Charles Dokubo, met with the leaders of ex-agitators enlisted in the first phase of the Presidential Amnesty Programme where he charged them to shun all distractions and support President Muhammadu Buhari’s second term bid in the forthcoming presidential election.

Excerpted from a New Telegraph report

Source News Express

Posted 20/09/2018 11:37:34 AM

 

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