London—The Executive Director International Monitoring of the Transparency In Petroleum Exploration and Development Initiative, (TIPEDI), Mr Igho Derek has urged the Interim Administrator of the Presidential Amnesty Program( PAP), Major General Barry Ndiomu (rtd) to remain focused amidst accusations from some quarters since his appointment.
Derek who described the accusations against the PAP boss as ‘baseless and frivolous’ advised Ndiomu to stay true to the national assignment that has been given to him by President Buhari.
Derek while stating this in a press statement issued in London, UK, said the accusations are a mere ploy to distract Ndiomu from his newly given national assignment.
He said, “We say this because it is our belief that all the frivolous and baseless accusations being made against Gen. Barry Ndiomu so soon after his assumption of office, are designed to distract his attention from the work on hand, knowing full well that he has a very short window within which to deliver on the mandate.”
Derek who is a past President of the South-South Peoples Assembly (SSPA) UK & Northern Ireland, disclosed that based on long-term tracking of the activities of some of those making the allegations against the PAP Interim Administrator, it is obvious their motive is driven more out of selfish desires than for the collective good of the people of the oil-producing areas.
“What is particularly worrisome is the fact that it is always one set of people that have been found to serially antagonize and hound past Coordinators of the Amnesty Office once they perceive their interests to be threatened.
“This situation is totally unacceptable and cannot be allowed to continue unchecked.”
The statement called on political and community leaders in the Niger Delta area, as well as the heads of the various groups of Ex-Agitators to apply pressure on the Federal Government to continue with the program, instead of allowing few elements to vent their frustrations on Gen. Ndiomu.
“We believe that a man of Gen. Barry Ndiomu’s character and standing both in the military where he served meritoriously and rose to the peak of his career or in his civilian life since retiring from the Army, should be celebrated and encouraged to participate in public service in order to deploy his vast experiences to the benefit of the Niger Delta people and the nation that he loves dearly, instead of being antagonized and vilified unjustly,” the statement further partly read.