A political activist, Comrade Timi Frank, on Tuesday, June 1, urged President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately reconstitute the board of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
Frank also advised the President not to ignore the ultimatum handed down by a former leader of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND), High Chief Government Ekpomupolo, aka Tompolo, on the issue.
Tompolo had on Sunday, May 31, issued a seven-day ultimatum to Buhari and Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio, to reconstitute the NDDC board or face a major breakdown of law and order in the Niger Delta.
Frank, a forrmer Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), in a statement in Abuja, enjoined Buhari to urgently address issues raised by the former Niger Delta warlord.
He described Tompolo as a well-respected leader in the region who “hardly speaks but, when he does, he keeps his words”.
Frank said his plea was in the best interest of the country, which will be the biggest loser, should Buhari fail to act on the demands of Tompolo and other prominent youth leaders and elders in the region.
According to the former chieftain of the APC, “High Chief Tompolo is not one of those Niger Delta leaders to be ignored. He hardly speaks but whenever he does, he is known to keep to his words.
“So, we advise the Federal Government to address the issues raised with all the urgency it deserves to avoid dire consequences”.
He called on the President Buhari to immediately sack Godswill Akpabio as the Minister of the Niger Delta Affairs, insisting that Akpabio’s stint as Minister has brought only pains to the people of the region.
“Therefore, President Buhari should immediately sack the current Sole Administrator of the NDDC and appoint a substantive Board that will genuinely represent the people of the Niger Delta.
“The sack of Akpabio and the inauguration of a substantive board that will bring peace to the region has become imperative,” he said.