The Ijaw Defenders mandate have on Thursday, called out the Isoko Youths over their commendation of Major General Barry Tariye Ndiomu (Retd.)- Interim Administrator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme.
The IDM ridiculed the IYC for their reckless comments as regards to Ndiomu hinting that the youths seem to be unaware of the modus operandi of the Niger Delta Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP).
They spoke with disdain about the Vote of no confidence passed on Ndiomu by the Isoko youths deigning it a mockery to the perpetrators, depicting their lack of in-depth understanding on the PAP operations.
The Ijaw Defenders Mandate (IDM) in response to the Isoko youths had in a Counter statement signed by Mr. Solomon Ignanwei, IDM Public Relations Officer declared that Ndiomu is the best thing that has ever happened to the Amnesty programme, reiterating that such cheap blacmails will not work.
The PRO however noted while counseling the Isoko Youths that Ndiomu has no power by design of the programme to admit more people into the it, adding that attacking Ndiomu on said basis connotes that such persons have no understanding of the workings in the Amnesty Programme.
Igbanwei said that the Amnesty programme is not structured along ethnic lines but a programme that is born out of struggle for which its actors were admitted in the programme. He further explained that it is not a programme that people will be admitted into at random, repeating that the process of admitting people is long over.
“People should understand the difference between the Amnesty programme and other intervention agencies in Niger Delta.
“While the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) and the Niger Delta Ministry are created for the development of the region, the Niger Delta Presidential Amnesty Programme is created to accommodate only those that took arms against the federal government of Nigeria to resist the alleged age long oppression in the Nigerian state in 2009.
“Consequently there was a time limit given to the ex-agitators to lay down their arms to be part of the programme.
“So many processes from laying down of arms to the enlisting of ex-agitators into the programme to training and empowerment and what have you.
“There is serious documentation regarding activities in the Presidential Amnesty Programme, Ndiomu is only working on laid down scripts, he do not have the power to include anyone aside this aforementioned processes. People should get their facts straight before rushing to the media. ” Igbanwei added.
Whereas, IDM urge Ndiomu not to be pressured by the group, affirming that he’s doing the right things and Niger Deltans are impressed with his productive leadership over the last few months.