By Etop Ekanem
The Niger Delta Ex-Agitators Phase II of the Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP), yesterday, lauded President Muhammadu Buhari over the appointment of Maj.-Gen. Barry Ndiomu (retd) as the amnesty administrator.
ln a statement by the Phase II National Chairman, Gen. Aso Tambo, the National Vice Chairman, Gen. Collins Arigo and the Delta state Chairman of the phase II ex-agitators, Gen Solomon Adu had reposed confidence in Ndiomu’s competence to build, expand and transform ex-agitators in the region through human and capital development.
The phase II ex-agitators have also appealed to all stakeholders in the region to extend similar supports they have given to Dikio to Ndiomu to enable him succeed in his new assignment, adding that the new administrator could only succeed in a peaceful environment, hence they need the supports of all so Ndiomu can perform.
The statement said, “The past administration of Dikio performed creditably, but failed in some areas because as the head of PAP, he ought to have been asking to know from stakeholders if they are benefiting or suffering, apart from that he has good intention for the programme, and was punctual in the payment of ex-agitators and never failed.
“For Ndiomu to have gotten to the rank of Major General in the army and retired successfully, I have no doubt about him performing and he will do well because the program is all about security, and ensuring that there is relative peace in the Niger Delta region and I am expecting that he would do well and bring real transformation to the region.
“On the performance of President Muhammadu Buhari for the past years, we don’t have much to say about it, because once upon a time, a Niger Delta man was President of Nigeria for six years as president, another two years as vice president would have be enough for someone who is from the region to do more, but he did not do well.
“So now that we have a Northerner as president we should not be requesting for much because our own was once there and nothing happens, so we can appeal to Buhari over the completion of the East/West road within the next Nine months that his administration will come to an end.