Niger Delta Avengers Kingsley Kuku denies sponsoring militants

Kuku said he remains committed to a united Nigeria, adding that he has asked his lawyers to defend his integrity.

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Kingsley Kuku

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Kingsley Kuku, one of the notable Nigerians who was mentioned as a sponsor of the Niger Delta Avengers, has denied having any links with the militant group.

Kuku was a Special Adviser to the former President Goodluck Jonathan on the Niger Delta.

The former presidential aide, who is currently in the United States of America, healing from his knee surgery, said the accusation is an attempt to rubbish his reputation.

He added that “This is yet another attempt to discredit my hard-earned reputation and defame my person after the earlier plot to rope me with terrorism by another fictitious Kano-based group, National Security Watchdog. If that attempt failed, this too has surely fallen flat.

“Since the 90s, I have dedicated a greater part of my life to the service of our dear country. I have been privileged to serve Nigeria and my people in different capacities and have discharged my duties and responsibilities with utmost patriotism and the fear of God.”

He also added that “The jury is still out on my last national assignment as Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta and Chairman, Presidential Amnesty Programme. But what cannot be disputed is the fact of an indelible mark my team and I achieved in ensuring and stabilizing the peace and security of the Niger Delta for four solid years despite the very grave challenges we faced.

“Even now I am willing to join any sincere effort to restore and strengthen the peace of the region irrespective of party affiliation in the interest of my people and the nation.

“It is therefore the height of perfidy to point accusing fingers at a man like me that has committed so much to guarantee peace and security in the region to now sponsor acts that are antithetical to my cherished principles. Without mincing words, I am pained by the seeming reversal of the gains recorded while discharging our mandate. But no matter the systemic attempts to blur our achievements, there shall be light at the end of the dark tunnel.”

“In Nigeria of today where you are guilty until proven innocent, which is the title of my upcoming book, some of the fruits of our effort have started manifesting with the graduation of three of our delegates with First Class degrees and some others with Second Class Upper degrees in the United Kingdom alone just as thousand others have equally performed excellently well in other parts of the world and in Nigeria.

“These are youths that were privileged to be enrolled in higher institutions abroad and in Nigeria under the Special Scholarship Scheme initiated by my team and I under former President Goodluck Jonathan. We invested so much in academics and capacity development of youths from the region and our achievements continue to speak for us,” kuku said.

He also said he worked hard to maintain peace and ensure stability in the oil rich Niger Delta region.

Kuku said he remains committed to a united Nigeria, adding that he has asked his lawyers to defend his integrity.

Former President Goodluck Jonathan has also denied the allegations that he is a sponsor of the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA).

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