ByÂ Emma Arubi
WARRIâ€”THE Warri Ijaw Peace Monitoring Group (WIPMG) yesterday hailed the removal of Chief Bello Oboko as the President of the Federated Niger Delta Ijaw Communities(FNDIC) by the general assembly in Benin City last weekend, describing it as a sign of good things to come.
Similarly, the Ijaw Progressive Ladies for Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan in a statement signed by Deaconess Timiebi Isiaye,Â has applauded the removal of the FNDIC president and his replacement with Mr. Kingsley Otuaro, a lawyer, and noted that Otuaro was a tested and trustworthy fellow.
The WIPMG in a statement by Chief Patrick Bigha in Warri said â€œat this critical time in the history of Ijaw people, all they need is a purposeful leadership that will pilot the affairs of the people to the promise land.â€
The group noted that in recent times, Chief Oboko had fallen short of such good leadership qualities.
According to WIPMG, his leadership has become self-centred and restricted to Gbaramatu kingdom, which is against the ideal and philosophy of FNDIC.
â€œIt was obvious that Chief Oboko is working against the success of the amnesty programme that was declared by President Yarâ€™Adua in the Niger Delta, as he has been working along and against the position of the entire Ijaw people.
â€œIjaw people have long ago accepted the presidential amnesty offer. However, we are not comfortable with the way the programme is going, hence we appealed to Mr President to give sometime for the programme to achieve its desired goal and aim,â€ said the group.
Congratulating the erstwhile secretary of FNDIC, Mr. Kingsley Otuaro, on his appointment as the new acting president of the organization, the group charged him to work in the fear of God and prayed the Almighty to help him to direct the affairs of the group to the benefit of mankind.