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PAP: You Have Duty To Protect, Defend Dr Otuaro -Pa Clark Tasks Ijaw Publishers Forum




By Peters Monday, Abuja

National leader of the Pan Niger Delta Development Forum, PANDEF,
Pa Edwin Kiagbodo Clark, an Elder statesman has tasked the Ijaw Publishers Forum (IPF) with a mandate to protect and defend Dr. Dennis Otuaro, the Presidential Amnesty Programme, administrator, to ensure the successful implementation of his initiatives.

The Ijaw national leader urged the IPF to protect Dr. Otuaro from distractions and enemies of the region, who may seek to hinder his progress.

The Niger Delta foremost leader gave the charge when a delegation of the Ijaw Publishers’ Forum visited him in his Abuja residence to discuss burning issues in the Ijaw nation and Niger Delta region.

Clark emphasised the importance of Dr. Otuaro’s good initiatives in advancing the Presidential Amnesty Programme, which has brought hope and transformation to the lives of many beneficiaries in the region.

The elder statesman also gave reason why he opposed the appointment of non-Ijaw as the coordinator of the amnesty programme.

He stated emphatically that 95% of the beneficiaries of the amnesty programme are from Ijaw extraction and being the fact that Ijaws were the reason for the establishment of the programme, he would not allow non- indigene to be appointed as a coordinator of the presidential amnesty programme.

While speaking, Clark reiterated that this was the only time the Nigerian government had gotten it right by appointing a core member of the struggle from the Delta State to oversaw the presidential amnesty programme since the inception of the programme.

He further commended president Bola Ahmed Tinubu for doing what is noble by appointing Dr Otuaro as the PAP administrator, urging him to ignore all blackmails and mischief against Dr Otuaro, describing such blackmailers as not patriotic sons of Niger Delta.

The statement reads, “IPF as Ijaw editors-in-Chief and Publishers, you have a mandate to protect, defend and watch over Dr Otuaro against all detractors and mischievous attacks. Be close to him and support his good polices and programmes to enable him discharge his duty unhindered”

In response, IPF has reaffirmed its commitment to the protection and support for Dr. Otuaro, who is dedicated to improving the lives of the beneficiaries of the amnesty programme and advancing the Niger Delta region.