Former militant ‘generals’ in the Niger Delta, under the aegis of the Leadership, Peace and Cultural Development Initiative, have demanded the sack of the Acting Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Prof. Nelson Brambaifa.
They also declared their lack of confidence in the ability of Brambaifa to salvage the Federal Government’s interventionist agency (NDDC). The ex-warlords resolved to lead a campaign against Brambaifa’s confirmation as the substantive managing director of the commission, while urging President Muhammadu Buhari to sack him forthwith and replace him with another Niger Deltan with the interest of the region at heart.
The ex-militant generals, through their leader, Pastor Reuben Wilson, in an online statement yesterday alleged that Brambaifa had shown lack of capacity to pilot the affairs of the Niger Delta, claiming that he was more interested in developing himself than the development of the region.
The former freedom fighters indicated that in the next few days, they would begin the process of a peaceful protest to register their grievances against the acting managing director of NDDC.
They described as unfortunate, the alleged decision by Brambaifa, an indigene of Bayelsa State, to shut his doors to genuine critical stakeholders from the state who were desirous of drawing his attention to developmental challenges in the state and other parts of the region. The ex-warlords said: “We are not happy with Prof. Brambaifa’s style. He is not trying and we have agreed on getting in touch with Mr President and all security agencies on this matter. He has to go.
“We have reviewed activities in the NDDC since Prof. Brambaifa took over and we have concluded that if we allow things to go on like this, there will be crisis. We put our lives on the line some years back, because we wanted a better deal for the Niger Delta. “Prof. Brambaifa was answering calls whenever we called, when he was the representative of Bayelsa State on the board of NDDC. He was always blaming the former Managing Director, Nsima Ekere, for the lack of projects in Bayelsa State.” In his reaction, the Director, Corporate Affairs of NDDC, Charles Odili, described the commission’s acting managing director as a leader that was determined to bring succour to the teeming youths of the region.
Odili said: “Prof. Brambaifa has displayed a magnanimous approach in dealing with youths’ matters in the past four months. On assumption of office in February this year, he revived the comatose Water Hyacinth Youth Empowerment Programme. A lot of youths have benefited and the process is still on course. “The 2019 budget dilemma has prevented him from carrying out other youth-related programmes. His doors are open and his friendly and most importantly, fatherly disposition , mark’s him out as a leader, determined to bring succour to the teeming youths of the Niger Delta region.”
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