A group of Niger Delta youth under the aegis of Pro Buhari Vanguard has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to as a matter of urgency reward them in patronage having supported him from the All Progressives Congress, APC, primaries through the presidential election in 2015 when he came out victoriously.
The group made this distress call in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital through its national Coordinator, Pastor Jerome Okonakpan, who lambasted President Muhammadu Buhari, for not considering it important to reward their loyalty and solidarity by engaging them meaningfully adding that as at the time, “we gave him our loyalty and support in the Niger Delta, it was suicidal to mention his name. Today, the same man is the President of the federal republic yet he left us in the limbo to suffer in abject poverty while those who scorned us while we supported him were being engaged by the same government we enthroned.
“When the issue of the renewed militancy came up we stood in national solidarity in support of our own president by giving timeous and accurate information across the states of the Niger Delta region to the security apparatus yet, no one is recognising the fact that we have contributed our quota in building prace and national security in the region.”
Okonakpan stated adding that ex-militant leaders who are loyal and are addicts of the president led security men into the stranglehold of the notorious economic saboteurs in the name of Niger Delta Avengers, NDA, thereby bringing the destructive and well funded group-NDA to its knees.
As long as President Buhari remains in Aso Rock, the group stated that he owe them a duty of patronage. They demand appointments into positions, contracts …to enable them recoup what they expended for the emergence of the President.
“Loyalty and support must be rewarded adequately. We gave the president our support and loyalty he owes us patronage in return. We still believe in him without wavering in our support for him but he must appoint or give us contract. As it is now, those who are appointed so far from the region are turncoats from the PDP masquerading as APC leaders.
“Should the president ignore our calls for engagement in patronage we shall apply a political measure that will make him feel the pain of disappointing a people who wholeheartedly supported your course. This is to mean we are leaving the party but the president knows how best to treat us as his own people.” The group enthused.