Comrade Steve Ebisintei, the Leader of the Coalition of Niger Delta ex-agitators, has admonished Nigerians to support the re-election bid of President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019.
Ebisintei called on Niger Delta ex-agitators under phases one, two and three of the Presidential Amnesty Programme to support Buhari in order to enable the President complete what he started in the region.
The ex-agitator, while speaking in Abuja on Monday called on his collegues to ensure that President Buhari is reelected so that the region will continue to benefit from the numerous programmes and projects of the president.
Ebisintei said: “President Buhari remains the only president since the return of democracy in 1999 who has initiated projects and programmes that are directly beneficial to the people of the Niger Delta.
“Not supporting the re-election of Buhari will only hurt the region more as many of the ongoing projects in the area may likely stop.
“Without equivocation, I can tell you that more than ever before, the Federal Government under President Buhari has paid more attention to our devastated region than any other government at least since 1999.
“Today, modular refineries, which when completed will take over from illegal refiners and create jobs for our teeming youths are ongoing in the region.
“The East-West road, which had prior to now remained in the pipelines, has been progressing with appreciable speed and the Petroleum University at Okerenkoko in Delta is progressing in good measure.
“The Amnesty programme has been revived and expanded in the interest of youths of our region; it is the only programme that is targeted at the youth and it is evident that Prof. Dokubo has integrated more youths into the programme than any other Amnesty boss before him.
“Because of the sterling performance of Buhari’s administration in the area of peace-building, which has resulted in decrease in the spate of militancy in the region, the dark days of avengers and other militant groups in the region are in the past.
“All these achievements can be traced to the Midas touch of Prof. Quaker Dokubo and therefore, we as a region must encourage the amnesty boss by supporting Buhari.”
Ebisintei however cautioned politicians from the region to avoid misleading youths for their own selfish political gains ahead of the 2019 elections