A vocal Niger Delta youth leader, Priest Ellington Bakumor has faulted the appointment of yet another acting chairperson to oversee the Presidential Amnesty Program, instead of a substantive Coordinator.
The revered Deputy Leader of the Egbesu Brotherhood particularly accused the National Security Adviser, Rtd Gen Mohammed Babagana Monguno of causing division among the Ijaws by appointing his former colleagues in the military, who will do his bidding when appointed as coordinators of the program.
Bakumor who is also the Delta state chapter coordinator of the Patriotic Ijaw Youth Leaders Forum (PIYLF), maintained that Munguno is deliberately crippling the Ijaws by appointing stooges from the Niger Delta as acting coordinators, saying it is an attempt to cover up the ongoing massive looting suffered by the program.
The convener of the Ijaw Unity Congress advises President Muhammadu Buhari to appoint an Ijaw man as a substantive chairperson for the amnesty program and not make it a consolation to friends and former colleagues at the expense of the Niger Delta people.
He further alleges that there is a deliberate ploy by the NSA to force the presidency to scrap intervention agencies in the Niger Delta by looting funds meant for developing the region.
His statement reads in full;
“In what should ordinarily be an announcement of jubilation and celebration, President Buhari has once again made a mistake of another acting appointment and shortchanged the Ijaw people yet again.”
“It is obvious that this is an another attempt by the National Security Adviser,
Mohammed Babagana Monguno to keep installing stooges and ex military friends that do his bidding to cover up the massive looting going on within the amnesty office right from the time of Paul Boroh to Charles Dokubo as he obviously is the master behind the puppets.”
“The Presidential Amnesty Program needs a substantive Coordinator and not an Acting one. We want to call on the president to do what is right and listen to counsel and immediately do right by appointing an Ijaw man as a substantial permanent Amnesty boss who is experienced in the actual issues bedeviling the Ijaws and the Niger Delta people, and not use it as a office for political compensation or for Ex military old friends by appointing acting coordinators.”
“It would help Mr President to be gently reminded that the amnesty office was created for the rehabilitation of ex-gitators, and to act as a sister body to the Niger Delta Ministry in addressing developmental issues of mostly the Ijaw ethnic group of the Niger Delta that took up arms against the Federal Government.”
“Our cry remains that we need experienced and grounded people to man this offices and not ex military men and people with records like that of Akpabio , if the president wants the good of the Niger Delta truly.”
“Lastly, we want to ask Mohammed Babagana Monguno to learn to listen to the wise counsel and advice of the president on the right things as his greed for using Niger Delta sons who are his stooges to gulp the region’s funds is an act that is capable of causing unrest within the region, which may not be good for the government revenue and also for the innocent people of the region.”
“It is almost like Mungano is bent on crippling the amnesty program and give the president a reason to scrap it after he may have looted the office dry with his stooges and friends to the detriment of the poor masses of the Ijaw national ethnic group and the Niger Delta at large.”
“This is another Boroh and Dokubo playbook of the NSA against the Niger Delta, and the idea is to kill all interventionist agency in the Niger Delta and then kill the Ministry Of Niger Delta too , As Godswill Akpabio is just A tool and in their hands,” he concluded.
Recall that president Buhari finally sacked Prof Charles Dokubo as Coordinator of the Amnesty Program and appointed Col. Milland Dixion Dikio (rtd) on interim basis on August 27th.