A registered entity under the aegis og Ex-Agitators Foundation (EAF) has expressed shocked and sadness over what it described as desperate moves by the Movement for the Sustainable Development of the Niger Delta (MSDND) aimed at tarnishing the shining image and office of the Interim Administrator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, (PAP), Major-General Barry Tariye Ndiomu (Rtd).
In a statement signed by its national president, HRH Henry Binididogan Ekes and all state coordinators in the Niger Delta region, the Ex-Agitators Foundation said “We condemn in entirety MSDND’s sinister and evil plot to force Federal Government to remove General Ndiomu from the leadership of PAP over his chairmanship work with the Special Investigative Panel (SIP) on oil theft in the Niger Delta.
“We will like to use this opportunity to warn other perpetrators and sponsors to desist from such despicable acts capable of causing disaffection amongst the stakeholders of the Programme and the Niger Delta region.
“We are therefore using this opportunity to call on the presidency to give no ear to those going against the sound and progressive administration of Gen. Ndiomu for personal reasons while stressing that the current amnesty boss remains one of the best things to have happened to the Niger Delta Region in recent times.
“The Ex- agitators foundation (EAF), which is made up of 90% leaders of the 1st phase Presidential Amnesty Program and it’s various state coordinators will not sit back and watch mischief makers with their usual antics of blackmails to pull down a man with so much dreams and aspirations for the programme, its beneficiaries and Niger Delta at large.
“Maj.Gen. Barry Ndiomu (Rtd) is a man of integrity and we have full confidence in his ability to make the ex-agitators of the amnesty programme self-sufficient and well-rounded citizens of our beloved nation.
“Since his inception into office, the retired but not tired General has had multiple productive interfaces with government and corporate agencies to ensure proper reintegration of delegates of the Presidential Amnesty Programme. He has also ensured prompt and regular payments of stipends and allowances of Amnesty beneficiaries.
“Furthermore, he has restored sanity and transparency into the Programme beside demonstrating sufficient commitment towards the sustenance of peace and development of Niger Delta region.
“It is on the strength of this outstanding performance that we hereby pass a vote of confidence on him and call on the President and Commander-In-Chief of the Armed Forces of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, to continue to repose confidence in Ndiomu’s ability to effectively chair the Special Investigative Panel (SIP) on oil theft and also refocus the Presidential Amnesty Programme as the Administrator.”
The underlisted are the rest signatories to the statement: Msc joshua Opia, National spokesperson, Delta State coordinator, Andabafa Opunama, Imo State, Emeka igwe, Akwa lbom State,
Nico sintel, Cross Rivers State,
Frank Duduku, Ondo State,
Chief Othello Mafemisin, Rivers State,
Egebele Grandville, Bayelsa State,
Darikoro Alfred, Abia State, kingsley Nna and Edo State, Chief Omor.