By Binebai Princewill
A highly rated former Warlord in the Niger Delta region, self styled Gen. Boyloaf Ebikabowei has stated that the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) under the Interim Administration of Mr. Effiong Akwa and Sen. Godswill Akpabio, Minister of Niger Delta Affairs and a supervising minister to the NDDC is derailing. The Liberator Newspapers Worldwide can report.
The former commander of the Movement for the Emancipation of Niger Delta (MEND), Gen. Boyloaf Ebikabowei made the assertion recently in an exclusive interview on News Central TV programme tagged “Village Square Africa “, Security in Nigeria’s Niger Delta anchored by Sulaiman Aledeh.
Gen. Boyloaf while speaking on critical issues bedeviling the Niger Delta region and the Nigerian state had stated that the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) under Effiong has become a drama and movie without any impact on Niger Deltans.
The revered former warlord had maintained that himself and other critical stakeholders in the region are keenly watching the commission under Effiong and Akpabio, stressing that at the appropriate time they know what to do.
Speaking further, Gen. Ebikabowei decried the high level of ethnic bigotry in the Niger Delta Development Commission, adding that the NDDC of today is likened to be Akwa Ibom Government House.
In counting some of the leadership deficiencies bedeviling Effiong, the former warlord said apart from the NDDC not having any direction, the Interim Administrator is unreachable, not reaching out to critical stakeholders in the region and not doing anything to sustain and maintain peace in the region, stressing that the Niger Delta Development Commission under Effiong is derailing from the reasons why the commission was established.
He continued that all what Effiong is doing is to fool leaders of the Niger Delta region with fake and unproductive visits by deceiving them, stressing that all the they are doing is politicking ahead of 2023.
However, the Ex-agitator particularly praised Ndutimi Alaibe while as boss in the NDDC, adding that Alaibe was reaching out to critical stakeholders of the region by spreading development to communities and maintaining peace, noting that the story for now is the opposite.
Ebikabowei was however full of praises for the current head of the amnesty programme, Colonel Milland Dixon Dikio (rtd).
He also admits that Dikio has listening ears and he’s better than the others before him. “He has called to listen to us and have dialogues with us and has shown interest in the genuine development of the Niger Delta.”
Meanwhile, the ex-Commander of the Movement of the Emancipation of Niger Delta (MEND) condemned the Nigerian government for not doing enough for the Ijaw people, describing the Niger Delta cleanup as a mirage.
It would be recalled that that Gen. Boyloaf Ebikabowei was the first among other former warlords in the Niger Delta region to have accepted the Presidential Amnesty granted to Niger Deltans.