Peace Ambassadors of the Niger Delta (PAND), a group of former militants, on Wednesday endorsed the second term bid of President Muhammadu Buhari.
At a press conference in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, the ex-agitators said they have witnessed the great commitment of the Buhari administration to the development region.
Ebikabowei Victor Ben, Convener of PAND, lauded the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led government for not scrapping the Presidential Amnesty Programme for Niger Delta despite pressure from some quarters.
Ben said: “In spite of promises by several administrations, this government under the leadership of the now United Nations Deputy Secretary, Amina Mohammed, put the framework for the remediation and cleanup of Ogoniland, which is the largest of such effort in the world and expected to cost $1billion.
“As we speak, contractors have been mobilised for the first phase of the exercise. Also, the Bodo City/Bonny Road, which was abandoned for more three decades have been awarded and construction is ongoing.
“Also, the Niger Delta is not left out of this government’s commitment to investing in infrastructure which is one of its biggest spending priorities. The long-abandoned East-West road is finally receiving funding and attention.
“All of these achievements find expression in a 20-point plan for the Niger Delta, which was presented to us by the Petroleum Minister, Ibe Kachikwu. The plan also covers the need for government and oil companies working in our region to create at least 100,000 jobs yearly. The plan for the Niger Delta is what we need now for a more sustainable future.
“As witnesses to the commitment of this government to these issues that we have presented over the years through various fora, and tangible achievements we have seen as it concerns our region over the last four years, we have decided to endorse the government to continue beyond 2019.”
The PAND Convener stated that ex-agitators and the people of the Niger Delta region have seen a deep-seated commitment of the current administration in addressing the issues faced by the people of the region.
Omotola exchanges words with Bashir Ahmaad over Buhari’s govt
Bashir Ahmaad had stated this in response to Omotola’s description of Nigeria as ‘hellish’ under President Muhammadu Buhari’s watch.
DAILY POST recalls that Omotola made the remark on her Twitter page on Monday while calling out Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo over the state of the nation, coupled with killings across Nigeria.
In response, President Buhari’s personal assistant on new media, Ahmaad, in a tweet, stated that those who were making money legitimately have no complaint about the current state of Nigeria.
However, Omotola, while reacting to Ahmaad’s statement on Tuesday morning, tweeted: “As long as you’re not insinuating that I am not working CLEAN for my money… I hear you.
“It is good that there are some progress, do you truly want to say you don’t see all that’s really wrong? Can we fight for our future in truth for once? Without being partisan?”
Responding again, Ahmaad admitted that there are problems but added that they have been in existence since 1950.
He wrote: “There are problems, and some have been with us since 1950s. Yes, I am partisan and I replied to you because you mentioned Buhari and Prof Osinbajo govt which I am working in.
“We as Nigerians, can you honestly say we are all acting like we have problems? Do we really pay taxes?”
Buhari reacts to Israeli Prime Minister, Netanyahu’s electoral victory
His message was contained in a statement signed by Garba Shehu, presidential spokesman.
Buhari extended best wishes to the people of the State of Israel in the aftermath of successful conclusion of the poll, “and wishes them peace, progress and stability going forward”.
The statement added that the Nigerian leader looks forward to continue working with the Israeli Prime Minister to strengthen existing cordial and mutually-beneficial relations between the two countries.
“President Buhari wishes Prime Minister Netanyahu a successful new term in office and prays that his record fifth term will bring enduring peace and security to the Middle East,” it added.
Buhari returns to Nigeria – Daily Post Nigeria
While in N’Djamena on Saturday, the Chadian capital, President Buhari raised the alarm over the influx of small arms into Nigeria, saying such weapons “are flowing into the hands of militia forces, bandits and insurgents who are becoming a threat to human rights and internal security.’’
He, therefore, stressed the need for wider cooperation among countries of Sahel and Saharan regions to counter the infiltration of these small arms to Nigeria.
According to him, his administration had worked closely with immediate neighbours in the last few years to stem the widespread availability of small arms and light weapons making their way into Nigeria.
He, however, noted that the “very disturbing recent developments” had impelled the administration to seek support from a wider circle of countries if the illegal inflows are to be curtailed.
The President, alongside his host and current Chairperson of CEN-SAD, Idriss Deby and their counterparts from Niger and Togo, with high-level representations from other member-countries, deliberated on the problems of irregular migration.
The leaders also deliberated on the menace of trafficking in persons, especially of women and children among other security issues.
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