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INC congratulates ex-President Jonathan, Colonel Dikio on appointments

Former President Goodluck Jonathan has thanked Nigerians from different walks of life, who visited him on Friday in his Abuja residence to honour him on the occasion of his 63rd birthday.

A foremost Ijaw socio-cultural group, the Ijaw National Congress (INC), has congratulated former Nigerian President, Dr Goodluck Jonathan, on his appointment as United Nations (UN) Special Envoy on Crisis Management.

The appointment was announced by the UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres.

A statement by the National Publicity Secretary of INC, Engr. Ezonebi Oyakemeagbegha, described the appointment as a befitting reward for the good leadership traits of the ex-President in Africa and beyond, adding that it was an honour to the entire Ijaw nation.

The statement noted that Jonathan left behind a legacy of peace in Nigeria, which had guaranteed the corporate existence of the country, promoted unity and enhanced socio-economic development.

While saying that Jonathan remained an asset to the whole world, with his uncommon love for humanity and humility, INC commended the UN for the recognition and prayed God to give him the wisdom, knowledge and understanding to manage the honour as the first African to hold the position.

In a related development, the Ijaw National Congress (INC), has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for the reappointment of Colonel Milland Dixon Dikio as Interim Administrator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP).

The group, through its spokesman, Engr. Ezonebi Oyakemeagbegha, stated that the people of the Ijaw nation were happy with the reappointment of Dikio.

The statement further reads that Dikio deserves the appointment and that the group will press for him to be confirmed as the substantive Administrator of the amnesty program.

The Spokesman of the INC testified that within one year of Dikio service he has reinvigorated the amnesty programme by instituting major reforms that changed the negative perception about the PAP.

The group charged Dikio to use his reappointment as an opportunity to help drive the vision for sustainable peace in the Niger Delta and pledged support for the amnesty programme and charged him to continue to be a good ambassador of the Ijaw people.

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