“You are poor at rewarding loyalty” – Ex-militant to Buhari

An ex-militant leader, Eshanekpe Akpodoro, has decried the poor reward system of President Muhammadu Buhari.

In an issued statement in Abuja, Akpodoro said President Buhari does not appreciate those that worked for him, including his National Coalition of Niger Delta Ex-Agitators (NCNDE-A) and others, which laboured for him before and after 2015. He said he had been facing challenges since the President assumed office in 2015, concerning the Boko Haram insurgency in the Northeast and Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) activities in Niger Delta.

The ex-militant leader regretted that the President rewards the enemies of his government, instead of his loyalists.

Akpodoro, who is also coordinator of Urhobo Youth Forum for Change (UYFC), claimed he led the youth and ex-militants to support the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led administration of President Buhari, lamented that they had nothing to show for their solidarity and support. He said that he shouldered the campaign of the President in Niger Delta when it was suicidal to do so, but said his belief in Buhari made him to take the risk, adding that he led his coalition to campaign in the region, noting that on several occasions he and his members escaped assassination.

He urged the Buhari administration to retrace its step by patronising its loyal friends. The ex-militant leader said: “Under this administration, Nigerians have seen much evil laced with heinous crimes. Until Mr. President does the needful, it may not get better. He should negotiate with aggrieved Nigerians, hear them out and reach an agreement to address their needs.”

He, however, urged ex-militants to sustain the peace and support the administration as it winds up its tenure, saying, “We shall do our best to ensure that peace reigns in our Niger Delta”.

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