The incessant calls for the removal of the Interim Administrator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, Retd. Major-General Barry Ndiomu, has been vehemently condemned by the Movement for the Survival of Izon Ethnic Nationality in the Niger Delta, MOSIEND.
MOSIEND while expressing dismay over the move to ensure Ndiomu’s sack, called on the National Security Adviser, Nuhu Ribadu, to ignore the calls.
Speaking during an interactive session with media practitioners in the Niger Delta region, held in Rivers State, the National President, Mr. Kennedy Tonjo-West, purported that those sponsoring the call for the PAP boss sack were notorious for engaging in such campaigns against the coordinators of PAP right from inception.
Tonjo-West who slammed the incessant calls, said he was unhappy because, “these never-ending campaigns against Ndiomu and those before him are always sponsored by fellow Ijaws.”
The MOSIEND president urged the alleged sponsors, “not to forget that the PAP was not initiated for the Ijaws alone, but every other concerned ethnic nationality in the Niger Delta.”
According to him, “this was the same way the so-called ex-militants went about campaigning against Kingsley Kuku, Paul Boroh, Charles Dokubo and the others.
“Despite the fact that the budget for the PAP has not been increased from 65 billion Naira since 2014 – with high inflation rate, Ndiomu and his predecessors have been able to manage the affairs of the programme and bring about some level of stability in the region.
“We wonder why the leaders were not bold enough to complain or agitate for an increase in the budget to meet present realities; MOSIEND is calling on those concerned to have a round-table discussion with Ndiomu who will in turn, table the matter to his principal to reinstate those with genuine cases; rather than disgracing themselves and the entire Ijaw nation before outsiders.
“The current challenges in the PAP office were caused by ex-militant leaders (especially phase 2) from the Ijaw nation, who decided to befriend officers in the office of the former NSA, Babagana Monguno, and betray Charles Dokubo and the others – leaking vital information about the Niger Delta and the Amnesty programme to outsiders whom they thought were their friends, which almost led to the abrupt termination of the programme.
“It is unreasonable that a few years later, same set of notorious, selfish ex-militant leaders are now using the problems they caused with their own hands to witch-hunt Barry Ndiomu who has had an impeccable character during his service to the nation as military personnel.
“We urge Ribadu to pay deaf ears to the calls for Ndiomu’s sack and work with him based on merit and not sentiment; even as we warn the Ijaws and their collaborators from other ethnicities who are infamous for their relentless attempts to pull down anybody who doesn’t do their bidding to desist.”
West further cautioned, “indigenes and organizations against ‘pull him down syndrome’ and calling for sack of illustrious sons and daughters of the region who have worked so hard to get to the position of authority; saying that such attitude does not speak well about the people of the region.”