Reformed Niger Delta Avenger (RNDA) and Peace Advocacy groups of the Niger Delta region have commended the Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello over his quick intervention during the food blockade to the southern part of Nigeria by the Amalgamated Union of Foodstuff and Cattle Dealers of Nigeria (AUFCDN), declaring that his action thwarted plans by some unscrupulous elements to ignite the North versus South which would have turn the country into serious crisis if not the bold and courageous step the Kogi State governor took.
The coalition made up of Reformed Niger Delta Avengers (RNDA) and Niger Delta Advocate For Peace and Good Governance (NDAPGG) declared that Governor Yahaya Bello has shown, with his quick intervention, that he is a young man that showed signs of unifying the Northern and Southern part of the country along the path of true peace and unity.
RNDA and NDAPGG, in a statement issued at the weekend and signed by its leader, Johnmark Ezonebi (aka Obama) stated that they are more convinced by the prompt move made by the governor to prevail on northern and southern traders to a round table discussion in Abuja to address issues that led to protest and blockade of foodstuff supply to the southern part of the country.
According to the group, the prompt intervention of Governor Yahaya Bello was commendable, “because no politician took such drastic initiative. Rather they were all bent on overheating the polity along myopic and tribal sentiments that could lead to loss of lives and property through hatred utterances and inciting statements that instigates violence and that could set the country apart.”
On the rising pressure on Governor Yahaya Bello to contest the 2023 Presidential election, the RNDA and the NDAPGG declared their readiness to mobilise and support his Presidential aspiration.
According to the groups, ”the declaration of support for Governor Bello is not a mere aggrandizement. But taken to encourage the young governor to sustain the tempo in order to keep Nigeria as one which he has demonstrated so far.
“The young and energetic governor has shown that there is hope and integrity in the young people in Nigeria’s political terrain to move the nation forward.
“Governor Yahaya Bello is setting the space and in the forefront of the next political atmosphere come 2023.We will all queue behind him and join forces with him to retire this old brigades who have held this country to ransom.
“The leadership of the RNDA that is made up of other nine-militants groups from the region who are agitating for the overall development of the region has commend the leadership style of Governor Yahaya Bello for his tireless efforts in coming out to address national issues to end nepotism, colonialism, power drunk and old method of holding future of our great Nigerian youths to ransom.
“We are indeed impressed with Governor Bello’s bold step and peace initiative to stabilize our co-existence as people from different nationalities within 24 hours. It seems to be a miracle. In fact, God raised him to be the nation’s Savior who delivered over 200 million Nigerians including their property from planned bloodshed and the looming bombshell that was pregnant before us wish was sponsored by some evil men in power who are disciples of colonialism, tribal bigwigs and men of religious coloration that do not mean well for the peace and unity of this country but who call themselves leaders.
“We were also concerned on the untold hardship this action caused in the lives of Nigerians. Particularly those in the south, and not until Governor Bello took it upon himself to broker peace as he successfully convinced those who went on the protest.We are highly elated and delighted to show our heartfelt gratitude on the amazing and selfless service you are rendering to Nigerians from the North to South, East to West, geopolitical zone.The vision you have for Nigeria is clearly seen on your aim of uniting this country and for all Nigerians to have a sense of belonging, and we have seen this act of statesmanship in your moves to stabilize Nigeria as you have just done in this foodstuffs traders blockage saga and the good governance of peace and security and bridge building wish you have brought to Kogi State within this period of you being the Governor of the State.”
The groups also pledged that they will ensure the presidential ambition of Governor Yahaya Bello is achieved, “we will ensure your peace initiative is given all the necessary support from the creek and the backup it needs especially in the Niger Delta region because the impact is being felt already.”