Several elders in the Niger Delta region have defended the policies for Nigeria.
Accordng to them, the persons and groups opposing Buhari’s administration were only those with ulterior motives.
The elders under the aegis of Concerned Niger Delta Elders, CNDE, who were reacting to the renewed bombing of oil and gas facilities in the region, maintained that the bombers were working for their selfish interest and not that of the collective wellbeing of the region and its people.
National Coordinator of CNDE, Chief Ekayama Loyibo, while speaking with Vanguard, said that those still battling against the Buhari’s administration in the region were yet to embrace the reality that he is the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Nigerian Armed Forces.
Loyibo, who is the Arepamowei of Kabowei Kingdom in Delta State, and National Coordinator of Nigerian Leaders for Peace, said given the tangible evidences that Buhari has done more for the region in just one year than Jonathan did in eight years, there was no justification for any genuine Niger Delta person to work against his administration.
He said, “Our position is that Buhari means well for the Niger Delta region going by the steps he has so far taken.
“From what he has so far done, it is clear to us and other well-meaning Niger Delta people that Buhari is genuinely interested in the development of the area and should be encouraged by all to achieve his set agenda for the region.
“If you compare what Buhari has done for the Niger Delta region with what our son and brother, Goodluck Jonathan, did for six and a half years, you will agree that Buhari has done better in one year.
“What we therefore, owe Mr. President is to cooperate with him and encourage him and his administration to turn the Niger Delta into another Lagos and Abuja so that the crime rate would reduce.”