Ex-militants from the western Niger Delta comprising Ondo, Edo and parts of Delta States at the weekend declared that they would support a youth from the northern part of the country as president after the incumbent president, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, has completed his second term.
This came following a meeting convened by one of the leaders of the ex-militants, Chief Bibopiri Ajube, a.k.a. “Shoot At Sight” at Agadagba in Ese–Odo Local Government Area of Ondo State.
The meeting was reportedly attended by hundreds of ex-militants and generals, including Chief Mafimisebi Otelo, Chief OmoTonwerigha, General Nso Siemens and a member of the Ondo State House of Assembly representing Ese Odo Constituency, Hon. Lubi Akpoebi.
Speaking at the meeting, various speakers said the ex-militants took the amnesty offer because they believed in one Nigeria. They however but lamented that some bad old elements, who had been controlling the wealth of the nation to the detriment of the youths, had been misleading them.
Ajube told journalists that if General Mohammadu Buhari, who had been controlling the North for over 30 years is still allowed to rule again, it will spell doom for the youths in the North, adding that the attitude of the old people in the area is not in the interest of the youths.
He noted that if the older generation had done well for the youths, there would not have been any need for confrontation by the Niger Delta youths, who engaged in the struggle to ensure better living condition for the people of the region.