Repentant militants from the South-South, under the aegis of National Council of Niger Delta Ex-Agitators, have called on its members not to attend the ‘crucial’ meeting being convened by an ex-militant leader, Mr. Government Ekpemupolo, popularly known as Tompolo.
Tompolo had, through en-electronic mail, called the commanders of militant groups in the oil rich region to an ‘urgent and crucial’ meeting.
But the President of NCNDE, ‘General’ Israel Akpodoro, in an interview in Abuja alleged that the meeting was laced with mischief and bad intentions.
He said, “That meeting is convened by ex-militants loyal to some senior citizens in the previous administration. Although all the ‘Commanders’ and ‘Generals’ were invited, we are not a party to that because the meeting is to instigate crisis. I have therefore directed my 12,000 members not to attend the meeting.
“If the meeting is for good, I don’t have any problem with it, but I have come to realise that the meeting has mischievous intentions, to cause trouble for the present government. I advise my members and other ex-Niger Delta agitators not to attend the meeting in their own interest.”
The coalition also applauded President Muhammadu Buhari for his visit to the President of United States, Barack Obama, describing it as “integrity buy back for the nation hitherto bedevilled by wanton corruption by the political elite.”
The group believed that Buhari had all it takes to right the wrongs of the past.
Akpodoro said, “No President in the history of Nigeria has brought such glory to the nation. Buhari has shown that he is the messiah that the Nigerian people have craved for because for the first time, Nigerians are seeing a President with quality and scanty entourage to the US as against the multitude of questionable businessmen and women paraded by ex-President Goodluck Jonathan during regular jamborees, thereby compromising the integrity of the Nigerian people.
“Buhari has shown enough proof to Nigerians that he is prepared to change the face of governance in the world’s most populous black nation. The Peoples Democratic Party goons should learn the art of governance from the All Progressives Congress-led government of positive change.”