FORMER freedom fighter
and Senior Special Assistant
(General Duties) to the Bayelsa
State governor, General Goddy
Smith, has advised the federal
government to genuinely
implement the promises made to
the people of the Niger Delta to
fast track the desired peace in the
Smith, who stated this at a
thanksgiving service yesterday in
Warri, Delta State, said “I was a
courageous freedom fighter, a chief
priest and a respected personality
who is always willing to contribute
positively to our society. Today, I
am thanking God for vindicating
me from an allegation that I was a
leader/sponsor of the Niger Delta
Avengers. I was arrested innocently
on January 7 by the JTF and DSS
from Abuja, but God intervened
and I was declared innocent and
released on February 27.
“Some of us have made huge
sacrifices to the Niger Delta
struggle, even though we have
not seen the impact. But as a
man of peace, I strongly appeal
to the people to give peace a
chance and allow the federal
government to develop our
communities. The oil, facilities
and assets are in our communities,
it is our responsibility to protect
these facilities while constantly
discussing with the federal
government and international oil
companies on how to empower
our people and develop the region.
“It is very important for the
federal government to get closer to
oil bearing communities, regularly
engage genuine stakeholders and
leaders on issues and challenges
confronting the communities
to give the people a sense of

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