Delta - The Ijaw Youth Council (IYC), has exonerated former President, Goodluck Jonathan, from any involvement in the creation of the new militant group,the Niger Delta Avengers, Leadership reports.
An ex-militant leader, Israel Akpodoro, who claimed to be the national president of National Coalition of Niger Delta Ex-Agitators, had on Friday alleged that former President Jonathan, founded the Niger Delta Avengers.
The Ijaw Youths Council (IYC) in a statement issued on Sunday in Yenagoa and signed by its spokesman, Comrade Eric Omare, described the accuser, Israel Akpodoro, as an unknown ex-militant that has no pedigree in the Niger Delta region.
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According to Naija247news, “The allegation that the Niger Delta Avengers was formed by former President Jonathan in a meeting he attended in January 2015 preparatory to the 2015 election to make the country ungovernable for his successor is absolutely untrue. It is nonsensical to imagine that former President Jonathan who conceded defeat and congratulated his opponent even before the final result was announced would make such a plan.
“In the first place, the January 2015 meeting of ex-agitators and stakeholders in the Niger Delta region was not attended by former President Jonathan and the meeting never resolved to make Nigeria ungovernable for President Buhari.
“The IYC leadership also attended the meeting and the president of the IYC, Udengs Eradiri was one of the speakers at that meeting. The meeting was called to calm down the youths of the Niger Delta who were aggrieved with the attack on former President Jonathan in some northern states during the campaign for the 2015 presidential elections.”
- News 24