- The Niger Delta Ex-Agitators Solidarity Front is not happy over verbal attacks on an official of the presidential amnesty programme
- The group enjoined stakeholders from across the Niger Delta region to condemn quit the attacks on the official
- The group said the attacks is due to jostling by interested parties for the job of coordinator of the presidential amnesty programme
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The Niger Delta Ex-Agitators Solidarity Front has joined other stakeholders from across the Niger Delta region to condemn attacks on Aroloyeteim Brown, the head of reintegration of the Presidential Amnesty Programme.
The group said the attacks on the official is due to “the unwholesome jostling by interested parties for the plump job of coordinator of the presidential amnesty programme.”
In a statement sent to journalists on Tuesday, May 5, leader of the group, Comrade Ramsey Mukoro said the organization thought it necessary to speak in defence of Brown based on the strength of his track record in managing the reintegration of ex-agitators back into society.
Part of the statement read: “We wish to state categorically, that we condemn the attacks on Chief Brown by those who think they are better placed to manage the presidential amnesty programme.
“It is regrettable that a man like Brown would be attacked on the pages of newspapers as part of a strategic pull-him-down campaign being waged against him in the name of succession politics.
“This is a man who has not only demonstrated exceptional competence, through the years, on the reintegration aspect of the amnesty programme but also has an enduring history of championing the Niger Delta cause right from the formation of the Ijaw Youth Council and without any fraud associated with his name.”
The group wondered why Brown Aroloyeteim should be further subjected to public ridicule after he allegedly suffered severe relegation and injustice on account of his forthrightness from the suspended leadership of the amnesty programme
“It is completely unacceptable. This was a man whose honesty in promoting the core mandate of the programme brought him nothing but relegation and hardship.
“He was denied his due benefits and ostracised from the system for no other reason than insisting on doing the right things.
“It is unfortunate that the jostle for power has brought us to this pathetic situation where truth is no longer the truth. We are speaking among ourselves and will make a bolder statement on this soon.
“But it is important to say that the job of the coordinator of the presidential amnesty programme must be reserved for a level headed person, who is passionate for development and will bring our people together,” the statement said.
Recall that recently, another Niger Delta group, Ex-Niger Delta Ex-Agitators Forum wrote 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.
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