By RAZAQ BAMIDELE, NDUBUISI ORJI, CHINELO OBOGO, SAM OTTI (Lagos) and JULIANA TAIWO-OBALONYE (Abuja)
Several years after the bombardment of Odi Community in Bayelsa State by the military, President Goodluck Jonathan said it did not succeed in curbing militancy in Niger Delta.
Jonathan said rather, it worsened militancy in the region and attracted international outcry against the Federal Government.
Jonathan, who disclosed this yesterday during a presidential media chat in Abuja, also said it was too early for him to declare whether or not he will contest the 2015 election. He said if the military action in Odi had stopped militancy, there would have not been any need for the amnesty programme for militants in the Niger Delta initiated by the late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua.