- A vote of confidence has been passed on President Muhammadu Buhari by the Ex-Niger Delta Ex-Agitators Forum
- The group in an open letter to the president hailed the Buhari's government for sustaining the presidential amnesty programme
- The forum also urged the president to ignore some groups hell-bent on tarnishing the image of his appointees
The Ex-Niger Delta Ex-Agitators Forum has written an open letter to President Muhammadu Buhari asking the Nigerian leader to ignore some groups hell-bent on tarnishing the image of the National Security Adviser (NSA), Major-Gen Babagana Monguno (rtd) on the Niger Delta amnesty programme.
The forum in an open letter to the president obtained by journalists in Abuja, stated that members of the Concerned Niger Delta for Sustainable Development and the Niger Deltans for Accountability and Good Governance are unknown to genuine ex-Niger Delta agitators.
The groups had in a statement tried to discredit Monguno over some alleged financial infractions linked to the amnesty programme.
“They are rather desperate individuals who are being sponsored by dubious politicians and fraudulent contractors who are bent on dragging the name of the National Security Adviser into imaginary allegations of fraud in order to rub mud on the image of your administration.
“All the issues they are peddling are a bunch of falsehood which contain no iota of truth. This is obvious because rather than bringing up verifiable evidence to substantiate their wild claims, they have resorted to proxy media war even from cloned sites,” the group said in the letter.
The group stated that: “Although we believe that it is within the right of every qualified Niger Deltan to aspire to be appointed as the coordinator of the presidential amnesty programme, we take strong objection to their only style of attempting to discredit the NSA.
“The dimension of calling the attention of the international community to their fiction is an embarrassing development which we urge you to quickly investigate.
“For the avoidance of doubt, we wish to make it categorically clear that these individuals are not part of us and do not have the mandate of the ex-agitators in their current campaign of calumny against the government.
“All the threats they make to go back to the creeks do not have the backing of the militant leaders and so will be resisted. For the umpteenth time, we state it here that we are fully in support of the federal government under your able leadership.”
The forum assured President Buhari that they are fully in support of his appointees, the National Security Adviser and the coordinator of the presidential amnesty programme. They also passed a vote of confidence on the president.
They also thanked the president for his government's efforts in sustaining the programme, stressing that the dividends to the nation are obvious.
“It is worthy of note that in the last two years, few if any disturbances or disruption of oil infrastructure have been recorded in the Niger Delta region. The uninterrupted flow of oil has guaranteed the necessary revenue to fund our national economy,” the group stated.
Among those who signed the letter are the group's spokesman, General Sam Jaja, Perikomu Adolfus, General Ekong Bassey and General Batubo Ogan.
Recall that a group of Niger Delta Leaders recently responded to what they described as a bunch of fiction being circulated in the media about alleged infractions committed at the presidential 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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