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PAP: Group threatens protest, writes Tinubu to replace Ndiomu



By Sunday Onye, Senior Correspondent

Concerned stakeholders have written to president Bola Ahmed Tinubu, demanding for the replacement of the Interim Administrator of the Niger Delta Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP) Maj. Gen Barry Tariye Ndiomu (Rtd).

The group under the auspices of Niger Delta Emancipators made assertion, threatening massive protest against Ndiomu over what they described as unbridled inefficiency.

This is according to a statement signed and forwarded to newsmen by Comr. Opuwei Ogelekekeme, President of the Niger Delta Emancipators.

Opuwei, according to the statement stated that the group and other critical stakeholders in the Niger Delta region would storm Abuja soon to protest, added that they would go naked for Ndiomu.

They called on President Bola Tinubu and the National Security Adviser, Nuhu Ribadu to remove Ndiomu for a more capable hand in the region who understands the struggle to come in for peace to reign.

Also reacting, Hon. Kingsley Warekuromor, Speaker of the Ijaw Mobile Parliament, highlighted that if Major Ndiomu is indeed following the past administration’s approach to ending the Presidential Amnesty program, it indicates a lack of goodwill toward President Tinubu, potentially inciting unrest in the region.

In the same vein, Ezonfade Otus-Kelly, an Ijaw Youth Council Leader from Seimbiiri clan in Delta State, Western Zone maintained that the importance of reintegrating the ex-agitators. He claimed that instead of utilising the allocated funds for this purpose, Major Ndiomu is redirecting these resources towards lobbying for a tenure extension after the expiration of his acting tenure.

However, the ex-agitators had pledged to lead a protest, expressing their displeasure by promising to dance naked in the streets of Abuja after the expiration of the 21-day ultimatum for Ndiomu to resign.

Tabai England and Amb. Timibrabo Tevin of the Ijaw Patriotic Group, after assessing the ex-agitators’ assembly, had urged the President to take necessary actions by appointing a qualified leader for the Presidential Amnesty program, aiming to rejuvenate and revamp the initiative.

They expressed that Ndiomu not only fails to comprehend the genuine grievances of these agitators but had also become disconnected from the reality of effectively managing the program.