The Ovie of Idjerhe Kingdom in Etiope West Local Government Area of Delta State, Obukowho Whiskey, has stated Minister of Niger Delta Affairs Godswill Akpabio ‘cannot continue to dictate to the Niger Delta people’.
The monarch made this known in a statement issued on Sunday warning that the appointment of a sole administrator for the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) was a threat to the peace of the region.
The traditional ruler insisted that inauguration of the screened NDDC board remains the only solution to issues plaguing the commission.
The statement reads: “As a major stakeholder in the Niger Delta project, I cannot pretend that all is well with daily developments selfishly targeted at igniting fresh crisis over President Muhammadu Buhari’s deliberate refusal to inaugurate the confirmed Board of the NDDC, under the Chairmanship of Pius Odubu and Bernard Okumagba, as managing director.
“Signals coming from the region are making monarchs like me worried because no right thinking person will sit aloof while his house is on fire. It is becoming clear that Akpabio is a merchant of many bad products that are not good enough for our people’s consumption. Or how can a statutory Federal Government agency suddenly 0become a private enterprise that its leadership keeps changing dangerously, without the input of other critical stakeholders?
“NDDC is Niger Delta’s common concern and no individual should be allowed to run it aground. The president must stop this very offensive macabre dance before the situation becomes uncontrollable…”