Ex-militants who supported Buhari express regrets

Coalition of Niger Delta Ex-agitators has lamented that since they declared their support for President Muhammadu Buhari led administration, “there is nothing to show for it.”

The repentant militants, however, pleaded with the federal government to ensure the development of the region and rescue its people from seeming neglect.

In an open letter sent to  President Muhamadu Buhari Sunday in Abuja, a copy obtained by Blueprint alleged that the Niger Delta region and its people were being neglected.

The letter jointly signed by the National Coalition of Niger Delta Ex-Agitators, Ben Sunday, leader of Sai Buhari Revolution, Friday Burutu, leader South-South Foundation For Great People James Charles and leader of Niger Delta Leaders’ Progressive Change for Buhari Bibi Oduku, said their “frustration is borne out of the deliberate and avoidable neglect of those of us who are true agents of change,” but has been neglected by the Buhari led government.

“In synergy we work with security apparatus to bring down ill motivated attacks on our national patrimony at the expense of our lives and that of our followers with nothing to show for it. We have shown enough understanding in deep patience.

“It is has become very imperative to bring to your notice that since becoming our President on the crest of our collective efforts as Ex-militants in Niger Delta we are still being grossly neglected,“ it said.

The group, however, said that efforts to reach President Muhamadu Buhari to discuss the plight of the people of the region had proved abortive due to bureaucratic bottleneck.

“We have lost confidence in those we work with, they have refused to recognise and give us our rightful place in this government.

“Mr President, all of these developments we know you are not aware of as some persons have perpetually impeded the flow of information from the citizenry to you for reasons best known to them.

“Your place of integrity and respect remained indelible in our minds, as we hope you right the wrongs because it’s not too late to so do.

“We are not unmindful of the enormous task of re- writing our battered national history embarked by you since taking oath of office in May 2015. Also, we hail your doggedness at the national rebirth campaign being championed by you and few who believe in the course of our national value rebirth.

It pleaded with the Federal Government to treat people in the Niger Delta region as those in other parts of the country with regards to political appointments and employment generally.

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