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Goodluck Jonathan in touch with Avengers

Former President, Goodluck Jonathan, has disclosed that he was in touch with the Niger Delta militants to ensure that there is peace in the oil rich region.

He made this disclosure on Wednesday when he visited President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential villa, Abuja.

The militant group, Niger Delta Avengers had few days ago stated that it backed out of its plan to declare Niger Delta Republic following the intervention of Jonathan and other leaders from the community.

Addressing State House Correspondents shortly after the meeting which lasted for 20 minutes, Jonathan said it was appropriate for him and traditional rulers in the area to mediate in the matter.

According to him, “It’s not just about me but about all the traditional rulers, elders and opinion leaders that are of the Ijaw ethnic nationality. We have been in touch to see that peace reigns in the country. Those of you that have followed my talks when I was here, my emphasis is that we need a United Nigeria and I always emphasize that Nigeria is great not just about the oil.

“So many countries produce more oil than Nigeria nobody notices them. We are great because of our size, the human resources we have, the diversity we have, if we fragmentize the country into small components, we will be forgotten by the World.

“That has been my focal position and without peace there cannot be development anywhere in the world. We are all working collectively to see that issues are resolved.”

Speaking on his mission to the Villa, he said he was there to brief President Buhari on his emergence as the leader of African Union, lections monitoring team to Zambia.

 “Even when I was here the former presidents used to do that and see me. I have been coming. Most times, I come in the night that’s why you don’t see me. I came to brief the President about some of my engagements. As you are aware, I will be leading the AU elections monitoring team to Zambia. I came to brief the President about some of these external engagements. It is the tradition”, he said.

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