Give Buhari time on 16-point de­mand, NDPC tells PANDEF

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Saawua Terzungwe

The Co­or­di­na­tor of the Niger Delta Peo­ple’s Congress (NDPC), Chief Mike Ekayama Loy­ibo has ap­pealed to lead­ers of the Pan-Niger Delta Fo­rum (PANDEF) led by a former min­is­ter of in­for­ma­tion, Chief Edwin Clark to give more time to Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari to act on its de­mands.

PANDEF lead­ers had threat­ened at a press con­fer­ence in Abuja, to dump the peace talks cur­rently go­ing on be­tween it and the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment by Novem­ber1, if its 16-point de­mand were not met by gov­ern­ment.

But speak­ing with news­men yes­ter­day in Abuja, Chief Loy­ibo ex­pressed op­ti­mism that Buhari would not fail the peo­ple of the re­gion, stress­ing that there was no need for PANDEF to is­sue the threat.

“We don’t want any group to hold the gov­ern­ment to ran­som. The Buhari I know came to power with a lot of good­will. So he rep­re­sents the poor peo­ple in the en­tire na­tion; the or­di­nary Nige­ri­ans. So I be­lieve he will not fail be­cause we have seen some ac­tions of his ad­min­is­tra­tion and we are con­vinced.

“We will con­tinue to en­cour­age him, sup­port him to suc­ceed and de­velop every other part of this na­tion not only the Niger Delta re­gion. He is pas­sion­ate about the is­sues we have raised. That is why there is a roadmap. “You must give gov­ern­ment time and sup­port the gov­ern­ment to suc­ceed. When the pres­i­dent came in, he was over­whelmed with the prob­lems of this coun­try. To de­stroy is very easy, but if you want to re­build, it takes time. So PANDEF should sup­port the gov­ern­ment at the cen­tre to im­ple­ment those de­mands.

“The pres­i­dent is sick be­cause of Nige­ri­ans. The pres­i­dent was in a hurry to cor­rect the wrongs in this coun­try and so he put in all his en­ergy. He met a rot­ten Nige­ria and this is a per­son that if you talk with him pri­vately, you dis­cover he thinks about Nige­ria and he wants the best dur­ing his time,” he said.

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