January 18, (THEWILL) – Niger Deltans have been enjoined to desist from writing destructive petitions, blackmailing and making defamatory remarks about the distinguished personalities appointed to position of trust, rather they deserve encouragement to excel and become role models worthy of emulation.
The leader of Sagbama camp leaders of the Presidential Amnesty Programme in conjunction with the leadership of the third phase of the programme, Gen Elaye Slaboh, debunked the recent purported online publication by a group, which styles itself as coalition of ex-agitators, calling for the suspension of the current Interim Administrator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, Maj-Gen B.T Ndiomu, from office, over spurious allegations.
Elaye Slaboh, who is also the Acting National Secretary of the third phase of PAP, flanked by David Osaikeme, Victor Occasion, Davison Suboh, while speaking to journalists in Yenagoa, described the online publication as not only fake, but false, misleading and should be discredited by the general public and stakeholders in its entirety.
“The statements are untrue, baseless and are sponsored attempts to cause distraction from the good work of the new IA, Major-General B.T Ndiomu rtd”
He posited that the so-called ex-agitators were unknown faces, whose names were not found in the PAP data base, hiding themselves under ulterior motives to do the biddings of their paymasters, adding that there was no iota of truth in the said publication, as checks revealed that it was crystal clear that it was concocted lies by a faceless group that are envious of the reputation and progress being made currently at the PAP, under the watch of the IA.
According to him, Maj-Gen B.T Ndiomu (rtd), had served the nation and retired meritoriously from the Nigerian Army and could not have subjected himself to do things that would dent his hard earned image over the years, by siphoning funds in connivance with unscrupulous elements to divert funds meant to better the living standards of the ex-agitators, in a system monitored by the federal government.
He averred that the IA couldn’t misappropriate what was meant to run the PAP, as if he could siphon such huge sum of money as alleged by the group, what would be left for the training of delegates, contractors and sundry issues.
He said Niger Deltans should stop peddling fake rumours, pull-him-down syndrome preponderance in this part of the region and allow him to complete to the logical conclusion, by strengthening the programme with the various reforms he has initiated, such as the verification and delisting, meeting with various ministries and parastatals with the aim of providing them permanent employment.
Also speaking, another leader of the Sagbama camp, Gen Princewill Kotingo, urged everybody to be calm and shun being instigated to cause chaos, as the IA, who barely resumed office four months ago, should not be distracted to truncate the system, as mechanism has been put in place to pay all genuine ex- agitators that were affected by the verification exercise, and called for support of all to enable the IA to succeed, adding that the petitioners were jealous of the reforms, which no longer give room for their fraudulent tendencies and were ready to fight back.
“The IA policies and programmes have become a source of worry and concern to those, who hitherto, have benefitted from the fraudulent acts and they see him as their enemy of progress, and would want to fight back by all means including writing destructive petitions”, he added.