Kuku denied statements in which he was credited to have threatened the resurgence of violence in the Niger Delta if President Jonathan is not reelected in.
Despite the plea by President Goodluck Jonathan not to be distracted with calls for a declaration on his immediate political future, the campaign for his re-election in 2015 appears to be gathering momentum, with his Special Adviser on Niger Delta, Kingsley Kuku, claiming ex-militants in the region want the president to run.
Mr. Kuku, who was addressing reporters in Abuja, said the people of the oil producing region are totally in support of the President remaining in the Presidential Villa for four more years whenever he makes up his mind to run for another term.
According to him, the call for well-meaning Nigerians to queue behind the president’s re-election project was informed by the need to give him more time to complete the implementation of the major aspects of the amnesty programme, whose success has guaranteed the continued sustenance of the country’s economic mainstay.
Despite the agreement between the Federal Government and former members of the armed militant groups in the Niger Delta, Mr. Kuku claimed only the disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration phases of the programme have been implemented, with 30,000 ex-militants taken care of while the main issue of the development of the region and welfare of the ex-militants are yet to be executed.
He said the success story of the amnesty programme so far has boosted Nigeria’s oil production capacity from less than one million barrels per day in 2008 to more than 2.4million barrels per day today, warning that the fragile peace may be threatened if the Federal Government does not keep its own side of the bargain.
“Nigeria’s peace is still fragile. We need to be very careful to avoid degeneration,” Mr. Kuku said. “Again, if the means of livelihood of the people of the Niger Delta are not assured in a regenerated environment, the hope of the people might be jeopardised.”
“So far, the Niger Delta people have not seen the total implementation of the agreement they entered into with the government under the amnesty programme. Chief among these agreements are the development of the Niger Delta Coastal Road, the building of new towns, the provision of lifeline in the oil industry for ex-agitators and the remediation of the environment.
“It is in the light of strengthening and consolidating the peace in the Niger Delta and for oil production to improve for the economy to bounce back that I recently advocated in the United States of America that if Jonathan wants to run in 2015, Nigerians should support him to complete his eight years as enshrined in the law.”
He denied statements in which he was credited to have threatened that there that there would be a resurgence of violence in the Niger Delta if President Jonathan was not returned for a second term in 2015.
On the mounting opposition to Jonathan’s presidency, the presidential aide claimed most of the problems the country is facing were instigated to portray the government in bad light, saying the president is doing his best to meet the yearnings and aspirations of Nigerians.
He described the President as Nigeria’s second “war time leader,” whose tenure is characterized by some of the most trying moments that the country is grappling with; saying these problems are masterminded by his detractors, who are determined to stop him from succeeding as the Nigerian President.
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