- An Ijaw group is unhappy about the campaign of calumny against Professor Charles Dokubo
- The Ijaw Renaissance Coalition says the campaign against the special adviser to the president on Niger Delta is an act of cowardice
- The group further passed a vote of confidence on Dokubo and pleaded with him not to be distracted
The Ijaw Renaissance Coalition (IRC) has condemned what they described as an intense campaign of calumny mounted against the special adviser to the president on Niger Delta, Prof. Charles Dokubo.
In a press statement sent to journalists on Sunday, September 29 after its urgent meeting in Warri, Delta state, the group frowned at those who they described as desperate and accusing them of sponsoring faceless groups to spread imaginary corruption charges in the media to disparage the name of Dokubo.
The IRC in the statement signed by its secretary-general, Dr. Tari Philip, stated that Professor Dokubo has overhauled the Niger Delta Amnesty program for efficiency and effectiveness.
The group further passed a vote of confidence on the amnesty coordinator and pleaded with him not to be distracted.
According to the coalition, those who are spreading lies and propaganda in the media are not Ijaw sons neither are they, ex-militant leaders.
Part of the statement read: “We are in touch with all our boys and all of them are satisfied with the leadership of Dokubo. Any persons who are not should come out in the open and not be mask speaking for a non-existent group.
“We will rise to defend Charles Dokubo with the last drop of our blood because we know he is innocent. If anyone has the courage to go to court, Ijaw people will unite and meet them there. They should also know that we are the ones who have sustained the peace in the region and if we are provoked, we will let hell loose.
“The last time we checked there is no group known as Niger Delta Amnesty Progressive Leaders for Buhari (NDALPCB). They are not part of our struggle. They are fake individuals who want to hide under the name of President Buhari to cause mischief and instability. The public should watch out and expose them.”
Professor Dokubo was recently nominated as one of the recipients of the 2019 edition of the Africa Sustainable Development Award (ASDA), Peace Building Category.
In a letter addressed to him and seen by journalists, the chairman of the screening committee for the award and executive director, Northern Ghana Aid, Mr. Mustapha Sanah, stated that the award is dedicated to recognizing and rewarding the efforts of distinguished Africans who have made unique contributions to development in their countries.
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