Eshanekpe Israel, a.k.a Akpodoro an ex-militant and leader of the National Coalition of Niger Delta Ex-Agitators (NCNDE-A) has chastised President Muhammadu Buhari for not rewarding him and his group for their support in bringing him to power in 2015.
According to Akpodoro, he met the president in 2013 and promised him his support which “I willingly gave him”. The angry ex-militant in an interview with Vanguard said the “economic conditions” of him and his group “have nosedived into the abyss because we supported a man who has no belief in rewarding supporters and his allies”.
“I met him in 2013 and promised him my support which I willingly gave him but he rewarded the people on the other side who fought us in our crusade for the President.
“Our condition is terrible now because we lost friends and the goodwill of those we enjoyed hitherto.
“President Buhari to us, is a bad omen but that’s not to say we aren’t supporting him further to at least succeed because our support and prayers brought him to power it’s too late in the day deny him”.
He alleged those appointed by the president are people who bought recommendations with money.
“President Muhammadu Buhari should remember to empower those of us who worked for him in 2015 and 2019.
“My team and I suffered for him, but he skipped us to patronise members of other parties and his sworn enemies because they had the monies to buy recommendations from the President’s handlers and jobbers around the presidency.
“I don’t have money to pay like those who built war chest from past administrations to be qualified for appointment through the racketeers and profiteers in the presidency but, I deserve patronage more than anyone from the Niger Delta region.
“I deserve appointment by this government; the President should do the needful. Even though the President’s men have been doing their best to correct the anomalies, their best is not good enough until I am appointed by the government I worked for.
“Who among all the appointees of this government from the Niger Delta region condemned the Niger Delta Avengers, NDA when they were destabilizing this administration?
“Who among the neo Buharists in the Niger Delta region, apart from few who had no choice as it were then came up openly to support the then General Buhari in 2015? We are waiting for last minute appointments by this Federal Government”.