PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari has been advised to appoint Niger Delta activist and traditional Prime Minister of Tuomo Kingdom in Burutu and Ekeremor Local Government Areas of Delta and Bayelsa States, Chief Mike Loyibo as coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, PAP owing to his cardinal objectivity on the plight of the Niger Delta people.
Chief Loyibo was also described as the right person to turn around the series of negative developments that has trailed the management of the programme in terms of poor performance, fraud and outright fleecing of budgetary funds meant for it.
Making his position known yesterday, a youth leader from Lalagbene community in Bayelsa State, Izon-Tubo Oweilakemefa, stated that upon the exit of the current PAP coordinator, it is imperative to appoint someone who is fit and proper to change the negative narrative bedeviling the programme.
Izon-Tubo in a statement yesterday, said: “Chief Mike Loyibo has been a man whose passion for the success of the Niger Delta particularly the Ijaw nation remains unquestionable.
“He has remained a motivator and force for the actualization of the cardinal principles and objectives of the Ijaw youths and the minority tribe of the Niger Delta region. Though he ventured into partisan politics but was known more for his proficient communication of love and solace to the downtrodden of his people.
“He remained a silent but known force that continues to enforce the ideals of the Niger Delta people in all ramifications.
“It is on record that this youthful man was instrumental to the employment of over six hundred Ijaws and non Ijaws into federal agencies and private companies excluding award of scholarships to qualified and economically disadvantaged students within the region. This was done without soliciting for any gratification.
“Today it’s no longer news that Chief Loyibo has played critical roles in the sustenance of relative peace in the region and an ardent vocal voice in the peaceful engagement of the Buhari led government.”