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I’m a Militant In Political Struggles, Says Tukur

The African Examiner

The National Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Bamanga Tukur has said the political struggles he has been engaged in within the past two years in Nigeria have conditioned him to be more militant.

PDP national Chairman, Bamanga Tukur

PDP national Chairman, Bamanga Tukur

He said being militant has pre-disposed him to withstand pressures from adversaries, who according to him preferred to turn him into a lame duck as Chairman of PDP.

Tukur said he would continue to be militant in the fight for justice, equity and equal right among members of PDP at all times.

The PDP Chairman made this known in Abuja during a ceremony organised on Wednesday by All Niger Delta Peoples Congress for conferment of merit Awards to deserving Nigerians, at the Transcorp Hotel, Abuja.

Tukur said his militancy disposition was inspired by his long association with the youths from Niger Delta, most especially those among them who he said were un-relenting in fighting for Justice and recognition in Nigeria, using all legitimate means.

He said, “Yes, in Niger Delta there are militants. I am a militant too because the youths believe in equity and justice, and many of them used all legitimate means to get the attention of the government to the sufferings by the people.

“I am also a militant because I engage in political struggles to make our country better. I am a militant for Justice, fair play, equity and human rights. As the Chairman of PDP, I will not give up in fighting for what is right and good for Nigeria to be better and for the youths to triumph in their struggles for survival”

Tukur extolled the virtues of leaders of the south-south youths as he commended their efforts in ensuring better life for the people in the zone as well as their preparedness to stand by the government of President Goodluck Jonathan to carry on with his Transformation Agenda.

He urged them to always be broad minded in their approach to issues, as he called on the Nigerians youths in general to begin to operate on the world stage in order to be ranked as world players in all endeavours.

The PDP Chairman who praised members of the Niger Delta Peoples Congress for encouraging outstanding performances among the public and private servants in Nigeria asked the members to emulate the virtues of the late President of South Africa, Mr Nelson Mandela in their considerations.

He said Mandela was noted for the struggles to liberate his race from oppression under the defunct apartheid regime in South-Africa, whereas Mandela’s doggedness, consistence  in the struggles earned him global recognition even in death.

Nigeria he reckoned has the potentials to produce great leaders like Mandela, given the huge human resources with which the country was endowed, adding that the scope of achieving that lies essentially with the Nigerian youths.

Tukur who was special guest of Honour at the Occasion which attracted eminent dignitaries from the south-south zones of the federating and other parts of Nigeria was conferred with an Award; Foremost Friend Of Niger Delta.

The Chief Organiser of the Ceremony, Mr Joejim Alaboso while presenting the award said the PDP Chairman was considered for an award of Foremost Friend of the Niger Delta, given the fatherly roles he has been playing in moulding the youths from the zone for greater challenges as Nigerians.

Tukur, he said had sufficiently reflected fatherly inclinations towards the Niger Delta Zone at all times, a reason he stressed the people would continue to accord him with greater respect.

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