Former Commissioner for Information for Information and Ijaw leader, Chief Edwin Clark has written a six-page letter to President Buhari which was read to journalists at his Asokoro residence, in Abuja, urging him to intervene in what he referred to ‘harassment and humiliation’ of Niger Delta people.
According to the Vanguard, in the letter dated January 22, 2016, the elder asked President Buhari to look into the harassment of former militant leader, Government Ekpemupolo (Tompolo) and the proposed scrapping of the Maritime University in Okerenkoko, Warri South West Local Government, Delta State established by former President Goodluck Jonathan.
According to him, the Niger Delta region lays the golden egg, yet they go through humiliation and harassment by the government.
Talking about the recent vandalization of pipeline in the region and the allegation that the former militant leader, Tompolo is behind it, he condemned the act but describes Tompolo as a civilized Nigerian who can never be part of the renewed bombing of the pipelines in the region.
“I totally condemn the vandalization of oil and gas pipelines and will give you 100 per cent support for whatever action you take to bring the culprits to book. It is with heavy heart that I decided to take record of pipeline vandalizations that have taken place within the last two years,” he said.
He urged the president to look into the level of corruption in the country and the economic crunch which have all combined to stagnate the progress of Nigeria over the years, warning that the nation would sink if the president fails to deal severely with those who ruined Nigeria over the years.
“The economy of the country and the eradication of corruption which has become systematic and endemic that has stagnated the progress of this country over the years and the culprit if not severely dealt with will sink the country. We, therefore, pray the Almighty God that these discussions will materialize and achieve the desired result.”
He added that the president should look into the Amnesty programme that former President Goodluck Jonathan initiated:
“Secondly, I now respectfully wish to bring to the attention of Mr. President the imminent danger facing the Amnesty programme. It would be recalled, that the former chairman of Amnesty programme and Adviser to Mr. President on Niger Delta Affairs, Chief Kingsley Kuku has since vacated his office as a result of change of government, but unfortunately, he has not been replaced by an appointee even in acting capacity by Mr. President, and as a result, the whole programme for now, is without leadership, and no one has the authority to operate the account of the Amnesty programme.”
Meanwhile The Niger Deltan Patriotic Alliance (NPDA) has also told the Federal Government and the All Progressives Congress (APC) to stop harassing Tompolo.