The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, has said the political struggles he has been engaged in within the past two years in the country have conditioned him to be more militant.
He said being a 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.
The PDP chairman, who made this known in Abuja, during a ceremony organised yesterday by the All Niger Delta Peoples Congress (ANDPC) for the conferment of merit awards to deserving Nigerians, said he would continue to be militant in the fight for justice, equity and equal right among members of PDP at all times.
Tukur said his militancy disposition was inspired by his long association with the youths from Niger Delta, especially those who were un-relenting in fighting for justice 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 they 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 for 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.
The PDP chairman, who praised members of the ANDPC for encouraging outstanding performances among the public and private servants in Nigeria, asked the members to emulate the virtues of the late former South African President, Dr. 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 and the focus in the struggles earned him global recognition even in death.
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.