The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio, has been accused of circumventing the Act establishing the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
Ijaw traditional religion, the Egbesu Sacred Order (ESO), while making the accusation, also derided the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) for playing dumb in the face of what it described as impunity in the NDDC and the office of the Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP).
ESO serving Priest, Ellington Bakumor, in a statement accused Akpabio of deliberately refusing to act in line with the commission’s Act.
While passing a vote of no confidence in Akpabio, Bakumor said the minister is antithetical to the vision and mission of the Act establishing the NDDC
“The Minister is retrogressive elements for the the Buhari-led government, clearly his presence and actions are threats to the existing peace being enjoyed” he added.
On the Avengers, the Priest wondered the whereabouts of the Militants who disguise themselves as freedom fighters to pursue a selfish purpose, only to vanish when Ijaw people were in need of them.
Bakumor said it was unthinkable that the NDA would be silent at a “critical time when impunity now relaxes untamed in the NDDC”.
He said the rights and voices of the commoners had been pocketed by the Akpabio, whom he claimed imposed himself as a feudal lord of the commission.
“Why has the Avengers gone dumb?, Why the silent against the unconstitutional actions of Godswill Akpabio, a clear case of a feudal lord dictating the activities of the NDDC.
“We also call on President Muhammadu Buhari to act swiftly by consulting the Niger Delta leaders beyond party lines and across all boards to find suitable replacements for both the Amnesty office and the NDDC”, he said.