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Former president Goodluck Jonathan was accused of establishing the Niger Delta Avengers.

Kingsley Muturu, the national vice chairman of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, Phase II, has blasted ex-militant leader Israel Akpodoro, who has recently claimed that Goodluck Jonathan established the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA).

According to the former militant, the NDA is a creation of an ex-president aimed at thwarting any efforts made by successive administration especially that of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led All Progressives Congress (APC) administration.

Speaking to Vanguard on Tuesday, May 17, Muturu described the allegation as the height of democratic recklessness and said that Akpodoro was sponsored by some political bigwigs.

“It is the height of democratic recklessness and a pity that the likes of Akpodoro are being sponsored to dent the good records of ex-president Goodluck Jonathan, thereby turning the entire episode into an APC and PDP ordeal.”

“After the 2015 presidential election, Dr Jonathan specifically addressed and warned all ex-militants against any act of militancy, so linking him to such activities, only goes a long way to tell you the kind of person Akpodoro and his cohorts are.

“Though as ex-militants, we are not in support of the activities of the so-called Avengers, we know Akpodoro is being sponsored by some political bigwigs, but he should know that the path he is treading on will not do him any good,” he said.

Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari may ask his predecessor for help over latest attacks by the militant group  on oil installations.

The president has reportedly invited Jonathan, who is an indigene of oil-rich Bayelsa, to visit Aso Rock this week.
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