By Jimitota Onoyume
PORT HARCOURTâ€”EX-MILITANTS in the Niger Delta have described late President Umar Yar’ Adua as a man of peace.
Noting that he would be remembered forÂ his genuine effort at bringing peace to the Niger Delta, the ex-militants, who spoke through a former Commander, Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta, MEND, Sobomabo Jaackreec, a.k.a Egberipapa, said the region would continue to cherish the memories of the late president.
The ex-militants also lauded the emergence ofÂ Dr. Goodluck Jonathan as substantive president, promising to give him all the support he would need from the region.
They said President Jonathan should endeavour to execute the post-amnesty project of late President Yar’ Adua to a logical conclusion.
They said at the moment, there were still some ex-militants that had not been documented by the Federal Government.
This, according to them, was due to shortage of documentation materials when the amnesty committee initially carried out the exercise.
They enjoined the government to ensure this set of ex-militants were attended to at the earliest possible time.
The ex-militants, who said expectations were very high on Jonathanâ€™s presidency, particularly on how to address challenges in the region, urged the president to take bold steps in tackling the challenges.
They said President Jonathan should see his emergency as a product of providence.
According to them, Jonathanâ€™s emergence as President is one step the Almighty God had designed to hear the cries and wailing of the region.