Youths of the Niger Delta and ex-militants have clashed over threats by the former agitators seeking removal of the Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Prof. Nelson Brambaifa.
The ex-militants, who have accused the NDDC boss of corruption and nepotism, protested on the streets of Port Harcourt, the Rivers state capital, demanding for his sack.
They specifically alleged that Brambaifa has diverted NDDC funds for private use.
However, youths from the nine states of the region rose from an emergency meeting in Uyo yesterday to warn the ex-combatants against “threatening’ Brambaifa.
The youths, under the aegis of the Consolidated Youths of Niger Delta (CYND), described the ex-militants’ action as “borne out of evil intention”. They explained that “the board led is too young to be dragged into unnecessary blackmail”.
The coordinator, Comrade Frank Naday, who described the action as “politically-motivated”, advised them to follow due process in their quest for personal welfare, instead of overheating the polity.
He said: “This is the first time we are having a NDDC Board that is led by a technocrat who has no political interest to use the NDDC’s platform as a spring board to attain such ambition.
“We advise our brothers to give the board a chance to implement its policies and programmes in line with the core mandate of addressing the development challenges confronting the region.
“With the prevalence of security issues facing the country, it is quite unthinkable for our brothers to want to add the Niger Delta to the list of regions currently facing security problems.”
The Brambaifa–led NDDC board, according to the youths, has shown tremendous commitment towards fixing the problem of the Niger Delta. They added that these laudable gestures can only be implemented under a very peaceful and secured environment.
The group praised the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government for “appointing a non-politician to oversee the commission’s activities”, noting that “the current era will witness a new dawn in the drive to reposition the region”.