Buhari Hasn’t Addressed Core Demand Of Niger Deltans – Group

Buhari Hasn’t Addressed Core Demand Of Niger Deltans – Group
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By Chika Mefor-Nwachukwu

A Civil Society Organisation, Vanguard for Transparent Leadership and Democracy (VATLAD) has stated as false claims by Mr Femi Adesina that President Muhammadu Buhari has addressed demands of the Elders and Youths of South-South Region.


A press release signed by the National President, Comrade (Engr) Igbini Odafe Emmanuel, noted that the President’s refusal to inaugurate the Senate confirmed Governing Board of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) since 2019 was an indication that the claim by Adesina was far from the truth.

“Has the President inaugurated the Substantive Board of NDDC confirmed by the Senate that he has unfortunately been misled to unjustly place on standby for ongoing forensic auditing of the Commission? No! Yet this is the major demand of the people of the Region,” it said.

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The statement added that if President Buhari had heeded to the group’s several widely published advice to him on the NDDC Board, the threat issued on Thursday by a group called Niger Delta Avengers and the crisis that might ensue, could have been averted.

The group added that recent comment credited to the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Mr Godswill Akpabio reneging on his promised of June 30th deadline to conclude the process for the inauguration of the Substantive Board of NDDC, raised suspicion of a hidden agenda against the desires of the people of the region.

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It accused the APC leadership of the House of Representatives of wanting to pitch the people of the South-South against President Buhari when it passed a Resolution asking the President to jettison the NDDC Board screened and confirmed by the Senate.

“Is APC leadership of House of Representatives not aware that it has rightly been the tradition and practice since the establishment of NDDC in year 2000 that the positions of Managing Director and the two Executive Directors are exclusively reserved for these four core and major oil Producing States of Niger Delta and rotated amongst them?,” it queried.

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The statement said that the ongoing forensic auditing of the NDDC though welcomed should not continue to be used as reason for not inaugurating the Substantive Board of the Commission as the functions of the Board and the ongoing forensic auditing of the Commission are not mutually exclusive.


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