By Samuel Oyadongha
YENAGOA—BISHOP Hyacinth Egbebo of the Catholic Diocese of Bomadi has thrown his weight behind the newly established Pan Niger Delta People’s Congress, PNDPC.
PNDPC, led by His Royal Majesty, Charles Ayemi-Botu, the paramount ruler of Seimbiri Kingdom, was formed a few weeks ago in Warri, Delta State, after the coalition of Niger Delta militants passed a vote of no confidence in Pan Niger Delta Forum, PANDEF.
Egbebo, in an interview at Opokuma in Kolokuma-Opokuma Local Government Area of Bayelsa State, said: “I lend my support to this group because it is not a political party and I have seen the values they have articulated for the good of the Niger Delta. They have taken on the common good of everybody and of course we have heard the cry of our young people and the downtrodden. It is a welcome development.
“You need to look at the body and the values that they have espoused. It will bring us to a higher level. Our people have suffered for so long and the restiveness in this place (Niger Delta) occurred as a result of failure of leadership.”
“We don’t want our young people to die. We want don’t want to fight the military. We want our young people to be alive to enjoy the benefits of God’s gifts here.
“A place that is producing so much wealth and has given birth to billionaires and good cities up North and everywhere is this squalor and that is unacceptable. That is the cry of the people and it has to be heard. It has not been heard due to the failure pf leadership and these people are offering that leadership in a very comprehensive way.
“I pray that it will see the light of the day and that government will listen to this intelligent articulation of the people’s wish.”
Urging the Federal Government not to treat the Niger Delta agitators as militants he said, “We don’t want to call them militants, they are agitators. They are only telling the truth that is pinching them so badly in the wrong way.
“Those who are representing us are not representing us but themselves and their personal selfish interest. And even those that have come forward to say they are helping the agitators to articulate their needs are looking for their personal benefits to be met and that is not good enough. If you are a leader, you should be selfless, anticipate helping everybody, the common good is so important.”