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Published On: Mon, Nov 24th, 2014

Niger Delta group backs Jonathan’s re-election bid

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Jonathan-2015From  Ayodele Samuel, Lagos

A coalition of all ethnic and political pressure groups in the Niger Delta region, United Niger Delta Energy Development Security Strategy (UNDEDSS), has declared support for President Gooduck Jonathan’s second term ambition.

UNDEDSS Secretary-General, Mr. Tony Uranta, in a statement after the body’s seventh annual general assembly, held in Port Harcourt said members of the association were committed supporters of President Jonathan.

“The Niger Delta region supports President Jonathan’s 2015 re-election bid. We however, urge the president to continue to exhibit transparent commitment to the rule of law. We also want him to show to Nigerians, and the entire world, that his administration is truly nation-focused and not partisan”.

The Niger Delta group however implored President Jonathan to run a more inclusive government by carrying along every well-meaning Nigerian in decisions taking.

 According to him, it was high time Nigerians began to give more credence than sentiments based on religion or ethnicity.

 While he sued for peace in the region, Uranta urged the people to set aside their personal interests for the over-all interest of the region by supporting Jonathan.

 The group also appealed to Nigerians to fully support the Nigerian military in the ongoing war against terrorism in Nigeria.

  UNDEDSS noted that the region’s leaders have “observed with growing apprehension the citizenry’s disconnect from the military even though all of Nigeria depends on the military in the ongoing fight against terror.”

It said “maybe, Nigerians are so carried away with petty partisan political wrangling that they seem to be really oblivious to the dangers posed by the increasing levels of terrorism, both global and in Nigeria. If we do not, calculatedly and consciously support our fighting forces, or if we continue to help paint terrorists in positive light, as many politicians and journalists are myopically wont of doing, we will deprive our troops of their most potent weapon, which is disciplined high morale!” UNDEDSS lamented the recent “brouhaha engulfing the National Assembly”, even as it lauded Senate President David Mark’s timely “troubleshooting efforts, and calls for all parties to respect the rule-of-law; noting that multiple wrongs never make a right.”

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