Some former Niger Delta Freedom Fighters leaders and youth groups in the Niger Delta have declared their support for the second term ambition of the state governor, Nyesom Wike. They have organised themselves into a group called Forward Rivers Movement.
Chairman of the forum, Prince Amaibi Hornby who spoke to TNN stated that their aim was to unite Rivers youths for peace, development and a prosperous future.
“As fellow countrymen and comrades in the struggle for better life, equity, justice and advance the quest for resource control, resource ownership for Rivers people and by extension Niger Delta, we have agreed to sacrifice our time, resources and strength to ensure that the unjust and sad treatment of the past will not be repeated and those who benefited from our sweat yet turned back to call us militants and criminals will never have such opportunity again as we slide into a full political atmosphere”.
“We must initiate modalities that will improve sustainable security in the state, recommend palpable approaches to deepen the already accruing dividends, highlight areas of economic windows yet to be tapped, examine the role of the opposition parties in the state towards promoting, encouraging and enhancing peace, security and development in the state”
Hornby spoke on the strategies adopted to realise their dreams to include “strategy that will bond Rivers youth together with a common goal of crowning peace across the 23 LGA, before, during and after 2019 elections; strategy that will give Rivers youth a clear direction on who to follow and how to follow him as they wine down 2019; strategy that will enable them bargain a better deal for the Rivers youths and a strategy that will enable them join Wike who has made us proud in so many ways since he took over leadership to move Rivers state forward.”
He said Wike's achievements in the past three years in office had been extraordinary; noting that the governor had proven to Rivers people that the overwhelming vote given to him during the 2015 election was worth it as he has been living up to the expectation of Rivers people.
Hornby called on governor Wike to revisit the issues concerning the former staff of TIMARIV and pay the salaries of the authentic workers, redefine and reinvent the apparatus for effective service delivery, more especially with the unprecedented influx of investors into the state as a result of the peaceful climate in the state.