By Cletus Opukeme, Warri
Youth leader under the auspices of NIGER DELTA APC YOUTH VANGUARD, Friday last week hailed President Muhammadu Buhari, over appointment of Major General Barry Tariye Ndiomu (Retd) as Presidential Coordinator Amnesty Programme.
This was contained in a statement signed by the National Coordinator, ND-APC YV, FIAWEI PATHFINDER, AKA GEN OSAMA, Where they described the appointment as well deserved based on General Ndiomu’s wealth of experience, intelligence, doggedness courageous, transparent, hard work, dedicated, commitment, loyalty, patriotism and team-player spirit in the service to the Nation.
The Niger Delta APC Youth Vanguard is an organization founded by ‘Gen’ FIAWEI PATHFINDER, AKA GEN OSAMA and is made up of Niger Delta Ex-Agitators including reputable personalities who are progressives and stakeholders cut across the nine States of the Niger Delta region who are core supporters of the President Muhammadu Buhari led APC administration.
The statement reads in part, “The Niger Delta APC Youth Vanguard is very grateful to the number one leader of our great ruling party,the All Progressives Congress, APC, His Excellency Major General President Muhammadu Buhari Retd, (GCFR) for the wisdom and concern for Niger Deltans, especially for sustaining and proper funding of the Presidential Amnesty Programme since from the inception of this administration 2015 till date, and the group also extended a sincere appreciation to the National Security Adviser, Major General Babagana Monguno (Retd) for his wise wisdom of advice and recommendation of Major General Barry Tariye Ndiomu to Mr President wish as well led for graciously appointing Major General Barry Tariye Ndiomu as the Presidential Amnesty Coordinator, who is a bona fide son of Ijaw land from Bayelsa State, who hails from Odoni Community under Sagbama Local Government Area of Bayelsa State.
“We emphatically thank Mr President and also applaud the National Security Adviser (NSA) Babagana Monguno for his contributions making this appointment to see the light of the day and reality for carefully chosen and selecting General Ndiomu for this laudable great appointment wish is widely accepted celebrated and welcomed by all sons and daughters of Ijaw Nation and all Niger Deltans in particular.
General Ndiomu was an army officer who did not have any dent of corruption while in service and even out of service on corrupt practices rather left an unprecedented proven legacy of worthy track record of emulation.
“We strongly believe in the antecedents and track record of General Ndiomu who’s personality is well respected by all sundry based on his painstaking sterling transparent leadership track record and contribution to the course of the underdevelopment of the Niger Delta region by ensuring the people live a meaningful better life. This he has exemplified while in active service at the Nigerian Army where he rose through the ranks before his retirement, which he laid down his life to serve Nigeria and Nigerians.
“He is a fine gentle Ijaw man who has served his father’s land meritoriously and selflessly contributed immensely to the peace and stability of the Nigerian state as a nation. And as a vibrant creative intelligent dogged courageous fearless officer who was committed to the defence of it’s father’s land at any given point in time when he was called upon for any national assignment.”
Meanwhile, according to the group, General Ndiomu was at the forefront of ECOWAS Peace Keeping Mission and other national assignments at all point in time as a committed dedicated Officer to the service of the Nation. We believe in General Ndiomu’s outstanding integrity as a man who is willing to bring about the desired expected and needed peace and stability in the Niger Delta region because he has the pedigree and acumen based on his capacity to achieve the expected reduction in Oil Theft and illegal Bunkering with it’s related issues.
“He is one man who is committed to the peaceful coexistence of our dear country and his value point are centered on Unity, Equity, Justice and Fairness which he demonstrated absolute loyalty and passion for Nigeria’s corporate existence. therefore we call him to ensure that he upholds the tenets of democracy and indivisibility of the nation’s unity along all frontiers and ethnic divides.
However, the group maintained that Buhari’s appointment of General Ndiomu as the Presidential Amnesty Coordinator at this point in time cannot be questioned and the appointment is in right direction, round peg in round hole based on his past achievements, painstaking sterling leadership qualities.
We unequivocally state pointedly and make bold to say here that Mr President has chosen the right man for this job, especially now that the Niger Delta region is about to boil and get out of hand with so many threats from various Agitating militant folks across the South-South States in the creeks due to the Trans-Niger pipeline surveillance contract issue that was awarded to our most respected, distinguished, outstanding, patriotic, detrabilized leader in the Niger Delta struggle who is a living Hero of our time, High Chief Government Ekpemupolo )AKA Tompolo) by the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPCL)” it added.
The group also assured of maximum support with cooperation to the leadership of General Ndiomu for a successful tenure. “However, to this end the leader and National Coordinator of Niger Delta APC Youth Vanguard, Gen, FIAWEI PATHFINDER (aka OSAMA), urge all sons and daughters of Ijaw land and every well meaning Niger Deltans to give General Ndiomu maximum support as we join hands together with our brother and leader the new Presidential Amnesty Coordinator in order to enable him succeed in this new National assignment given to him by Mr President.
“At this point we will let the cat out of the bag as you all know some of the reasons why Mr President remove (Retd) Coniel Dikkio the former Amnesty Coordinator and carefully chose and appointed Major General Barry Tariye Ndiomu (Retd) to head the Presidential Amnesty Programme at this point in time is for him to restructure, reorganize, sanitize, transform and to reposition the Presidential Amnesty Programme as the program is about to wine down to its original plan in order to achieve the purpose of why it was established in 2009 by former president Musa Yara-dua of blessed memory, because we all know that the former handlers of the Programme had issues of corrupt allegations of fraudulent financial cases and misappropriation of over N3.5 billion, N10 to N35 billion which the former handlers of the office could not give proper account.
“And in view of the many issues surounding the removal of the former Amnesty Coordinator, are issues of misappropriation and mismanagement of funds meant for the running of the Amnesty Program with training of the Ex-Militants and their empowerment packages that run into billions of Naira that could not be properly accounted for including lopsided administrative operations for not carrying every stakeholders along in the scheme of things under the Presidential Amnesty office, with numerous complaints of cases of some of the departmental heads including the former Head Of Reintegration Mr Alfred Kemepade and his cohorts who were all allegedly perpetrating large scale corrupt practices by way of money for hand before contractors files that are due for payment will be treated for payments, wish is known as money for hand back for ground
“We want to call on General Ndiomu not to have anything to do with all the former heads and most of the staff of the Amnesty office who have been fingered with corrupt practices in there DNA, and none of them should be retained in the Amnesty office including Mr Alfred Kemepade rather they should be fired in order to face prosecution of their fraudulent activities as a way forward to sanitize the office, and this will restore the image of the Presidential Amnesty Programme.” the group stated.