From Nosa Akenzua, Asaba
Vanguard for Transparent Leadership and Democracy (VATLAD), a good governance advocate, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to be very wary of the antics of the South-South PDP governors over their clamour for the constitution Advisory Council of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
VATLAD in a statement signed by Comrade Engr Igbini Odafe Emmanuel, National President, said that President Buhari is still being misled to delay the inauguration of the Senate’s screened and confirmed members of the Governing Board of NDDC which is in line with NDDC Act.
According to the statement: “Our attention has been drawn to Media Reports to the effect that President Buhari has succumbed to demand made few days ago by PDP Governors of the South- South that the Advisory Council of NDDC be immediately constituted by President Buhari in order that they be appointed into this Council which, by provision of section 11 of the NDDC Act is only to advise duly and lawfully appointed and inaugurated Governing Board of NDDC, screened and confirmed by the Senate of Nigeria.
“Few days ago, Nigerians were greeted with rude shock and highest level of disappointment when these Governors met in Delta State under the pretense of urgently establishing a South-South Regional Security Agency like Amotekun to put an end to the continued slaughtering of our people of South-South by suspected Herdsmen only to end up announcing their decision and determination to get President Buhari to appoint them into the Advisory Council of NDDC.
“This announcement by the Governors so devastated our people who now live in perpetual fear of insecurity leading them to asking the question: Why has the Advisory Council of NDDC become the most important desire of the PDP South South Governors in an APC controlled Federal Government and NDDC?
“How does mere participating as advisers to an illegal Interim Management Committee of NDDC solve the rising cases of herdsmen slaughtering of our people in their farms and Communities? The people of Uwheru, Abraka, Izelle-Asagba in Delta State and other parts of the region are yet to return home while others are daily living in fear of being killed by killer herdsmen.
“While our South-West Governors are patriotic and courageous to place Security and Safety of their people uppermost on their agenda, the South-South Governors appear more interested in just being part of the ongoing illegalities and unconstitutionalities in NDDC that President Buhari is regrettably being misled to perpetrate in the Commission.