…As Beneficiaries,Delta Group Celebrate Achievements.
From Lateef Taiwo
A group of Niger Delta ex-militants who have been under the support of the Rtd. Gen. Barry Ndiomu led Presidential Amnesty Program (PAP), has voiced concern over what they described as baseless and unfounded calls for his removal.
The concerned Amnesty beneficiaries which cut across the seven States in the South-South region, at a press conference at the weekend threw their weight behind the retired Army General whom they enthusiastically passed a confidence vote on.
Spokesman of the beneficiaries, Mr. Datonye Ebiye, said the misguided calls by a small group of ex-agitators, backed by a renegade and self seeking members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Bayelsa State, were ill conceived.
Ebiye said calls for the removal of Ndiomu lack merit, and are being met with overwhelming support and condemnation from a vast majority of Niger Deltans who recognize and appreciate Ndiomu’s remarkable contributions to the Niger Delta region.
“It is important to note that these calls for his removal are not only unfounded but also fail to acknowledge the immense progress and transformative changes that have been achieved under Rtd. Gen. Ndiomu’s leadership.
“Ndiomu has so far displayed unwavering commitment, integrity, and a deep understanding of the challenges faced by the Niger Delta communities.
“His tireless efforts have yielded tangible results and have positively impacted the lives of numerous individuals”, he said.
Ebiye maintained that all the patriotic Niger Deltans who continue to voice support for Ndiomu understand the significant strides that have been made under his visionary leadership, adding that his ability to foster peace, promote reconciliation, and drive socioeconomic development in the Niger Delta region has earned him overwhelming accolades and recognition.
Speaking separately, the beneficiaries extolled the enormous achievements recorded by PAP under Ndiomu’s watch, and appealed to President Bola Tinubu to disregard the traducers, stating that their actions were deliberately distractive.
According to John Ekpe: “Ndiomu has been a beacon of hope for us. Under his leadership, we have experienced real transformation and empowerment. We urge the authorities to dismiss any calls for his sack and allow him to continue his outstanding work.”
“I was once caught in the cycle of violence and despair, but thanks to Ndiomu and the Presidential Amnesty Program, I now have a second chance at life. His vision and dedication have given us hope for a brighter future. He must be retained to ensure the continuation of this life-changing program”, says Diepre Ayakoromo.
Kemisola Ebifemi said: Ndiomu understands our struggles and has worked tirelessly to bring peace and development to our communities. The progress we have seen is a testament to his leadership. Removing him would be a setback for all of us who have benefited from the Amnesty Program.” –
According to Oyinbo Ebiere “We stand firmly behind Ndiomu and his efforts to empower the youth of the Niger Delta. His programs have equipped us with skills and opportunities we never thought possible. We implore President Bola Tinubu to ignore the unfounded calls for his dismissal and allow him to continue changing lives.”
“As someone who has directly benefited from the Amnesty Program, I can confidently say that Rtd. Gen. Ndiomu has been instrumental in transforming our lives. His leadership and commitment have brought stability and progress to our region. We appeal to the President to reject the baseless calls for his sack.”, declares Ayibatonye Johnson.
Sotonye Daminabo says, “The impact of Gen Ndiomu (Rtd)’ leadership on our communities cannot be overstated. Through his inclusive approach, he has given us a voice and a chance to rebuild our lives. It is crucial that he continues to steer the Amnesty Program towards even greater success.”
“We, the beneficiaries of the Amnesty Program, stand united in support of Ndiomu. In a related development,the Delta State Progressive League has called on some ex-agitators who in penultimate week have resorted to heating up the existing peace to sheath their swords if they truly mean well for the unity of the Niger Delta region. Speaking to Journalists in Warri this morning,the group expressed dismay that some ex-agitators who have benefited from the Presidential Amnesty Programme over the past ten years could resort to mounting unnecessary pressure on the Interim Administrator to include fictitious names to swell their deep pockets , stating that their media war against Ndiomu is as a result of his refusal to give in to their questionable demands. ” Some of these people claim to be more interested in the development of the Niger Delta region than others while they are the people running aground the system.