Wednesday, July 29, 2015

MEND Ex-militant Tompolo Praises Buhari as “listening leader” today


A former leader of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta, Chief Government Ekpemupolo, popularly called Tompolo, was full of praise for President Muhammadu Buhari over the appointment on Tuesday of Brig. Gen. Paul Boroh(retd.) as the new chairman of the Presidential Amnesty Programme.
Tompolo said that by the appointment, Buhari has shown that he is a listening leader and desires to contribute to the development of the Niger Delta.
He was also happy about the choice of Boroh instead of politicians who he said had been scheming for the job.
He urged the new Amnesty Coordinator to ensure that critical stakeholders were consulted on the running of the programme and to avoid yielding to the antics of political jobbers, who have an intent to politicise the programme.
He said, “It could be recalled that I called a meeting of ex-agitators, leaders and other stakeholders in the Niger Delta last week as a result of the pressure on me to intervene in the seemingly troubled Amnesty Programme, due to the non-payment of the stipends and allowances to beneficiaries for months now.
“And so, it gives me joy for the President to appoint a high-ranking retired military gentleman to coordinate the programme rather than any of the political jobbers, who had advertised themselves in very negative forms in order to be appointed.”

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