Niger Delta youths have resolved to mobilise support and vote for the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Gen. Muhammadu Buhari.
The youths, under the auspices of the Forum of Past Youth Leaders of Ethnic Nationalities in the Southsouth, said their resolve was caused by the backwardness of the oil-rich region, especially under President Goodluck Jonathan, lamenting the gradual collapse of governance.
The youths, in a communiqué at the end of their meeting in Warri yesterday, signed by the Chairman, Alhaji Mumakai-Unagha and Secretary, Comrade Uboh Ekpo, decried President Jonathan’s role in the crisis, which stalled the take-off of the $16 billion Export Processing Zone (EPZ) project at Ogidigben in Warri Southwest Local Government.
They condemned the failure of security agents to arrest and prosecute the masterminds of the kidnap of 14 journalists at Oporoza, while returning from an assignment in Ogidigben.
The youth leaders said they wanted a change in government because of the latitude given militant elements by the Jonathan administration, which threatened the lives of the people of other ethnic groups in the region.
They said: “We also discussed the overbearing posture of militants from the Ijaw extraction, who are being glorified and rewarded by the Federal Government.
“Examined is the action of Mr. President on the proposed EPZ Gas Company at Ogidigben in Warri Southwest. We frown at the security agencies that up till this moment, those who masterminded the kidnap of journalists at Ogidigben are walking freely in the streets without being prosecuted.
“The meeting observed that no developmental projects in the Niger-Delta have been put in place by the President since he assumed office, as his administration has brought hardship to Nigerians, especially those from the Niger-Delta.
“Youths in the Southsouth should mobilise and vote for Gen. Buhari. Machinery should be put in place to mobilise youths for him.
“If President Jonathan is re-elected, other ethnic nationalities will go into extinction in the Southsouth. We urge Nigerians, particularly youths, to support Gen. Buhari, as the re-election of Jonathan will worsen security and cause more economic hardship.”