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Ex-militants declare support for Jonathan

By Samuel Oyadongha
Yenagoa—Ex-militant leaders in the Niger Delta yesterday met in Yenagoa declaring that they are ready to work with the Acting President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, towards the proper implementation of the peace process and development of the region.

Declining comment on the threat by various militant groups over delay in the implementation of post amnesty policy, the former warlords opined that the issue being a sensitive one, would be looked into before it degenerates into open conflict.

The ex-militant leaders, who met under the aegis of the Peace Keeping Ex-Militant Leaders, said though the elevation of the Vice President to the position of the Acting President was a clear indication that position and power comes from God, the knowledge that he (Jonathan) was a man of peace is reassuring to the repentant militants and the people of the Niger Delta region.

Speaking yesterday with newsmen after the meeting in Yenagoa, a former area commander of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta, MEND,  in the Koluama axis of the state on the Atlantic fringe, Pastor Reuben Wilson, said the ex-militant commanders in the state were pledging their loyalty and assured that they will tread the path of peace.

While noting the contribution of the region to the economic development of the country and the pact sealed with various militant groups which resulted in the acceptance of the amnesty programme as put forward by the Federal Government, he urged the various tiers of government not to renege.

Pastor Wilson noted that by their solemn pledge to work with the present administration, “We are conscious of the fact that true development comes to a peaceful and law abiding nation.”


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