Urhobo Ex-Agitators has issued a Communique to President Buhari to appoint High Chief Michael Johnny as Amnesty Boss in a press release made available to our correspondent.
The Communique thus read;
A COMMUNIQUE ISSUED TO CALL ON PRESIDENT MUHAMMADU BUHARI, TO APPOINT CHIEF MICHAEL JOHNNY, A DETRIBALIZED NIGER DELTA LEADER, AS THE NEXT SA ON NIGER DELTA AFFAIRS/COORDINATOR OF THE PRESIDENTIAL AMNESTY PROGRAM, AT THE END OF AN EMERGENCY MEETING OF THE COALITION OF URHOBO EX-AGITATORS GROUP, HELD IN UGHELLI, DELTA STATE
In a unanimous decision reached on this day of 20th September 2019, we the entire members of Urhobo ex Agitators, on behalf of the entire Urhobo ethnic nationality that covers a large geographical space in the Niger Delta region, hereby endorsed Chief Michael Johnny who hails from Warri South West local government area of the Ijaw extraction in Delta State, as the next Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty program. Our decision to throw weight behind Chief Michael Johnny was born out of the fact that he is a detribalized Leader in the Niger Delta region who has been in the forefront of the Niger Delta Struggle that attracted the federal Government’s presence in the Niger Delta region which led to the creation of the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), and the Presidential Amnesty Program, to cater for the need for human and infrastructural development of the oil reach region.
Chief Michael Johnny as an Activist, a philanthropist and a leader with a high sense of rationality, will foster the development and overall peace and growth of the Niger Delta region, his consciousness and concerns for the growth of the region cannot be over emphasized, he is very humble and pathetic to the people of the Niger Delta region, he is one of the few Ijaw leaders who sincerely and wholeheartedly supported the Niger Delta struggle when others were acting like toothless Antelope.
Chief Michael Johnny during the struggle, accommodated the interest, opinions and concerns of other ethnic nationalities in the oil rich region that culminated into his emergence as the Chairman of the Chevron sponsored Egbema Gbaramatu Communities Development Foundation (EGCDF). A thorough investigation has been carried out on his account as a former Chairman of EGCDF, and discovered that Chief Michael Johnny is the first Chairman of EGCDF whose account was audited and given a clean bill of health by Chevron Nigeria Limited.
Undoubtedly, Chief Michael Johnny is one of the few Ijaw leaders that stood firm with President Muhammadu Buhari when he contested the 2015 and the 2019 Presidential elections respectively, and still standing tall with the President till date. Chief Michael Johnny suffered a lot of discriminations and marginalization among his kinsmen with many petitions and allegations levelled against him by some powers that be, for supporting Hausa Man for President against Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan of the Ijaw extraction in Bayelsa State in 2015. Chief Michael Johnny is also one of the few consistent APC Chieftains that hails from the Ijaw nation in Delta State and has remained faithful to the APC when others has continue to support the PDP and made themselves available for the PDP in Delta State to rig elections especially in the riverine areas.
Conclusively, Chief Michael remain faithful to the course of the development of the Niger Delta region and thus, would not misuse the office of the SA to the President on Niger Delta/Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty program. We have confidence in Chief Michael Johnny’s ability as an experienced Niger Delta Leader, to carry out extensive consultation to leaders and traditional rulers across the various ethnic nationalities and States that made up the Niger Delta region, for proper intimation that would forester unity and peace in the Niger Delta region, and to galvanize support for the APC led federal government.
We the members of Coalition of Urhobo ex Agitators, on behalf of the Urhobo nation, and in the interest of the people of the Niger Delta region and for peace, development and the stability of the region, hereby call on the President of the federal republic of Nigeria; His Excellency Muhammadu Buhari (GCFR), to appoint Chief Michael Johnny as the next Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty program
General Abraham Ekokotu,
Comrade Gowon Iduma,