The Nigerian President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan is happy that the amnesty program of the Federal Government had brought peace to Bayelsa in particular and the Niger Delta in general.
The President stated this at a civic reception in Yenagoa on Friday, October 22, to welcome him on the first of his three-day state visit to Bayelsa State, commending the late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua for initiating the amnesty, while urging the “youths to maintain the peace, imbibe the values of discipline, commitment and hard work in whatever they are doing.
In making reference to his own background, he said the youths don’t have to be born of rich parents to become somebody in life adding that he would work and partner with all Nigerian youth because as leaders of tomorrow they have a big role to play in changing the way Nigerian have been doing things in this country.
Dr. Jonathan said that the Federal Government would also partner with the state governments to create jobs for the youth. “We have reached a stage where we must do things differently and begin to attract foreign investments.”
During the state banquet in his honor and his entourage which included the First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan, governors and ministers, President Jonathan appealed to all Bayelsans to unite and work together now that militancy has abated as a result of the amnesty.
He pledged the readiness of the Federal Government to work with the state government to fast-track the airport and senatorial road projects in Bayelsa State.