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Be Wary of Desperate Niger Delta Leaders, Ex-Militants Warn Buhari

Some Niger Delta leaders are desperate, Buhari warned
A group of ex-militants, under the aegis of the Niger
Delta Salvation Front
(NDSF), has warned the President-elect, Gen. Muhammad
u Buhari, to be wary
of selfish Niger Delta leaders, who are desperate for p
olitical recognition.
Consequently, ex-militants urged Buhari to be conscious of
the antics of such
characters, whose actions, it alleged, could have inimical
effect on the fragile
peace in the oil rich Niger Delta.
The warning was contained in a statement by Messrs Victor T
amarapreye and
Michael Akpodore, the group’s National Coordinator an
d Public Relations Officer
respectively who alleged that some indigenes of the regio
n were rushing to the
media to make all manner of utterances in a desperate p
ursuit of political
recognition and vengeance against real or imagined en
They alleged that such elements from the Niger Delta we
re on a mission to
plunge the region into avoidable crisis for their ow
n enrichment and should be
They urged the incoming administration to be mindful o
f the bold steps taken by
the administrations of President Umaru Yar’Adua and
Dr. Goodluck Jonathan to
address the malaise of violence in the Niger Delta.
The group added, “We are aware that some political a
gitators, whose desire is
Dprovoke needless crisis in the Niger Delta region, have
commenced moves to
misdirect the incoming administration of Maj. Gen. Muha
mmadu Buhari in order
to engage in acts inimical to the peace of the region.
“To this group of self-serving politicians, who have sudd
enly turned agitators on
the pages of newspapers, the only means to crave relevance
in the incoming
administration is to vilify imaginary enemies as well as o
rchestrate disingenuous
scenarios to create an atmosphere of crisis in the Niger D
elta region.
“We have no doubt that Mr. President-elect is abreast of
all the laudable steps
taken by the administrations of the late President Uma
ru Yar’Adua and his
successor, Dr Goodluck Jonathan, not only to stem the rising
spate of militancy
in the region, but also in enhancing the desirable e
conomic stability as a result of
the commendable measures taken to reduce unrest in the Ni
ger Delta region.
“That the nation’s fiscal state as it stands today is as a re
sult of these appreciable
steps is to restate the obvious.
“Nonetheless, we are constrained to remind General Buh
ari that
Dhe owes the

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