As the race towards 2019 general election gathers momentum, members of a group of ex-agitators known as Niger Delta Ex-Militants For Peace and Good Governance have thrown their weight behind the presidential ambition of the founder and publisher of SaharaReporters, Omoyele Sowore.
The ex-agitators announced their commitment to support Sowore in a communique issued at the end of a closed-door meeting on Friday in Okerenkoko of Gbaramantu Kingdom in Warri South West local government area of Delta State.
In the communique, signed by its National Chairman, Alaowei Promise Lawuru (aka General Black), and made available to newsmen, the ex-militant leaders said they were supporting Sowore's presidential position because of "molestation made by President Muhamadu Buhari that Nigerian youths are lazy".
"We wish to show the so-called APC-led government that Nigerian youth are not lazy and that Buhari and his cohorts brought total hardship to us instead of development strides. In our closed-door meeting, we decided to support Omoyele Sowore, who we believe is a symbol of the Nigerian youth and will definitely wipe away the tears of poverty and under-delelopment from our eyes.
"We have been suffering from abject poverty for the past years; and we are sure that the economic, educational and stomach infrastructural situaaton in the country will be a thing of the past when Sowore assumes office as President in 2019 . Therefore, we decree that for Nigerian youth to prove that we are not lazy, they have to vote out President Buhari come 2019 through our permanent voter cards and to protect our votes against election devourers."
The ex-warlords also said their members would meet with traditional rulers of various kingdoms, as well as top leaders of Niger Delta to create awareness on the need to support the presidential aspiration of Sowore and to ensure that all Ijaws vote en-masse for him in 2019.
"And with this important meeting, Mr. Omoyele Sowore will have a sense of belonging to meet with those who have his project of victory at heart no matter the storm," the group concluded in the communique.