By FESTUS AHON
UGHELLI- PRESIDENT of Delta Political Network, DPN, Mr Princewill Ejogharado, yesterday, said there was no need for President Goodluck Jonathan to negotiate with the Boko Haram Islamic sect, noting that after careful examination of the group, it “had decided to throw its weight behind the President’s position on our Northern brothers’ agitation for amnesty for Boko Haram.”.
Ejogharado in a statement said “The President should not negotiate or grant amnesty to a faceless group, which has been killing Nigerians living in the North and until the Northern leaders and elders are able to persuade the group to come out in the open.
“We berate those equating Boko Haram to the Niger Delta militants. Niger Delta militants were not faceless. The Niger Delta militants paraded known names such as Asari Dokubo, Tompolo, Boyloaf and others.
“And the quick response of the Niger Delta leaders like Chief Edwin Clark, Chief James Ibori, Chief D. Alamesiegha, Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan and others, who personally went into the creeks to persuade our brothers to lay down their arms and accept the Federal Government’s hand of fellowship as proposed by then President Musa Yar’adua of blessed memory.
“We appeal to the President to include other ethnic groups such as the Urhobos and the Isokos in the amnesty programme. They are being left out in the programme.”
“We also frown at the Northern elder’s request for the withdrawal of Joint Task Force, JTF from streets in the North and thank President Jonathan for his stand that until the lives of Nigerians are guaranteed, men of JTF will not be withdrawn from the streets.