By Victor Ahiuma-Young
FOUR influential groups in the Niger Delta, the Coalition for Good Governance and Economic Justice (CGGCJ), Democratic Alliance in Niger-Delta (DAND), Grass-roots Solidarity for Positive Change (GSPC) and Niger-Delta Youth Movement (NDYM), have thrown their weight behind the nomination of Mr. Jude Ise-Idehen for the Board of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), representing Edo State.
At a joint conference, the groups called on members of the National Assembly to ignore the orchestrated campaign of calumny by some groups and individuals against Mr. Ise-Idehen and commended President Yarâ€™Adua for nominating Idehen for the NNDC BoardÂ .
They faulted insinuations about the authenticity of Mr. Idehenâ€™s educational qualifications and asked critics of Idehen to go back to thorough investigations and jettison sentiments.
Giving details ofÂ Idehenâ€™educational qualifications, Director of Mobilization of CGGCJ, South-South, Alhaji Dada Akpeji, said: â€œ To say the least, what exactly is the qualification to become a member of the NDDC Board? For the avoidance of doubt, Mr. Jude Ise-Idehen attended Emotan Primary School in Benin City 1975-1981; Immaculate Conception College, Benin City, 1981; University of Benin Demonstration Secondary School, 1981-1986; American Intercontinental University, USA, with Bachelorâ€™s degree in Criminal Justice and American Intercontinental University, USA, where he bagged MBA in Project Management online, 2008-till date and would round off in a month’s time.
The records are there. Mr. Jude Ise-Idehen had Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE) Certification; Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) Certification; CISCO Computer System Training and Notions of German and Spanish.â€
For his birth Certificate, the group posited that though â€œthe original was missing whenÂ Abroad ( America ), as at then, it was Bendel State and when he returned home, it was re-issued bearing Edo State .
When we listened to their (Hon Idehenâ€™s critics)Â argument and penchant, we discovered that they were not forceful enough such that we could ask them what value their paymasters added to governance when they held sway and why they must remain a part of it?
Nigeria is one of the wealthiest and most naturally endowed nations on earth, but Nigerians are among the poorest and most deprived people in the world.
Nigeria has the greatest human and material potential in the entire black world, but bad leadership has remained the greatest obstacle to the nationâ€™s development.
It is a shame that those who want to make things right in this country are always pulled down by the enemies of the country all because of selfish interest.
There are dozens of Nigerians that have done well individually in their various professions at home and abroad as personified by Hon. Jude Ise-Idehen.â€