Amnesty programme: Stop blackmailing Monguno, Dokubo - CNDC warns faceless groups
- A group of Niger Delta Leaders say some appointees of President Muhammadu Buhari have been subjected to blackmail
- The leaders say some faceless groups have been accusing the government officials of corruption without any evidence
- The Niger Delta leaders cautioned those who are interested in occupying public offices not to engage in mudslinging
A group of Niger Delta Leaders have responded to what they described as a bunch of fiction being circulated in the media about alleged infractions committed at the Niger Delta Amnesty office.
In a terse press statement signed by its convener Dr Ebiowei ThankGod and sent to journalists on Thursday, April 23, the group known as Coalition for Niger Delta Cohesion (CNDC), dismissed the allegations.
The CNDC described those behind the tales as “desperate and virtual cowards who have no evidence to substantiate their bogus claims and have therefore remained anonymous.”
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“CNDC invites them to come forward with any evidence they have against the National Security Adviser (NSA) and the coordinator of the presidential amnesty programme or keep quiet,” the group said.
According to the group, both the coordinator and the NSA have maintained a studied silence “because they are aware that vigilant Nigerians especially stakeholders in the Niger Delta are discerning people who can see through the antics of these mischief-makers and their sponsors.”
Part of the statement read: “For many months these groups who lack the courage to come up in the open but who have continuously masked their identities have used the media to circulate alleged infractions committed in their putrid imagination at the office.
“The so-called N1.8billion contract allegedly awarded to the NSA is obviously a clear concoction and wicked lie from the pit of hell. Those who know the NSA know that he is a man of integrity whose reputation is impervious to cheap propaganda.
“In another fiction, they have tried many times to drag the name of the coordinator to what they allege as looting in Kaiama. The incident in Kaiama have long been investigated by the police and the report is available in the public domain.”
The statement further brought the attention of the public to the unsubstantiated and misleading references to the American government by these imaginary groups.
According to CNDC, many U.S based groups have continued to commend how the tenure of Professor Dokubo has led to sustained peace and stability in the Niger Delta region which had impacted positively in Nigeria’s domestic economy.
The group affirmed that Dokubo is an accomplished academic with verifiable records, stressing that he has never been involved in anything shady or convicted in any court of law throughout his illustrious career.
The Niger Delta group cautioned those who are interested in occupying public offices to try to pursue their aspirations without spreading mud unnecessarily on innocent people.
Last year, the Ijaw Renaissance Coalition (IRC) had condemned what it described as an intense campaign of calumny mounted against Dokubo.
In a press statement sent to journalists on Sunday, September 29, 2019, the group frowned at those who they described as desperate and accused them of sponsoring faceless groups to spread imaginary corruption charges in the media to disparage the name of Dokubo.
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