Make Way for Peace, Tompolo Urges Fellow Agitators Over NDDC Board


•Warns FG on the Need to Act Fast
Ex Niger Delta warlord and agitator, Chief Government Ekpemupolo, also known as Tompolo, has called on his fellow agitators to make way for peace in the region in order not to encumber attempts as pledged by the federal government to reconstitute the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC.
Tompolo made the call in a statement he personally signed and made available to newsmen on Friday, in the wake of threats of violence by certain groups in the region.
In the statement titled, ‘Niger Delta Agitators’ Ultimatum to the Federal Government of Nigeria: A Call for Restraint,’ Tompolo appealed to his colleagues to exercise restraints in putting forward certain demands while also warning the federal government to expedite action by doing the needful before things get out of hand.
“June 2021 has come to an end. The people of the region are yet to see any tangible move towards the constitution of the NDDC board by the Federal Government.
The people are seriously agitated. There is palpable fear and tension in the region. I wish to reiterate my earlier position that, the government should, as a matter of urgency, constitute the substantive board of the NDDC to avoid unnecessary bickering and crisis in the region.
I have been in constant touch with my fellow agitators in the region to give peace a chance, knowing fully well that there cannot be any meaningful development in an atmosphere of rancour and acrimony. As it stands now, the one thing the government must do on this issue is to be courageous enough to constitute the NDDC board.
Government must be sincere in handling developmental issues in the Niger Delta region as the people have suffered enough, being neglected for several decades.”
Tompolo reminded his fellow agitators of the need to apply wisdom to the struggle for the development of the region, adding that it is only in an atmosphere of peace that development can take place.
“I have done so much to keep peace in the region which some major stakeholders in the security circle are aware of. As for my follow agitators, please permit me to borrow the biblical words of Jesus Christ, that we should be wise as a serpent and gentle as a dove to continue our agitation for a better living for our people.
We must avoid anything that may throw the only relatively peaceful region in the country now, into chaos because of government’s nonchalant attitude towards the security and welfare of its citizenry as constitutionally provided.
The average Nigerian citizen is a government of his or her own as the citizens provide everything for themselves today.
The government is unfair to a greater number of its citizens. The Nigerian Government must create an enabling environment for the citizens to live a prosperous and peaceful life.
Multinational oil companies operating in the Niger Delta region are not left out in the troubles of the region. They are clearly part of the conspiracy in the marginalization of the region. Most of the companies are operating under the cover of the Nigerian Military, which has further exacerbated the relationship between Multinationals and their host communities.
They must do their business in a most friendly atmosphere, and not set neighbouring host communities against one another. They must perform their statutory obligations to the people of the region by promptly delivering cooperate social responsibilities to the people.”

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