BRAMBAIFA: MEND GROUP THREATENS RESISTANCE, HAILS BUHARI FOR APPOINTMENT.
A group which identified itself as the Strike force of MEND, has threatened resistance from it’s ranks, if the Presidency, yields to selfish demands by replacing or removing Brambaifa.
They said, Brambaifa’s appointment is a product of the cries, protests, agitations and sacrifices of Ijaws who refused to be cowed by fear, death or intimidation.
The appointment of Prof. Nelson Brambaifa has since been generating a lot of controversies after President Muhammadu Buhari made the announcement on Friday last week.
Sources in the APC have revealed, that some APC leaders in Bayelsa, have since mounted resistant and are insisting for the removal and replacement of Brambaifa.
Other sources also revealed that Fmr. Governor of Rivers State, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Amaechi Unilaterally Influenced the NDDC Board Appointment, owing to his dispute with Magnus Abe.
Recall, the issue of NDDC tenureship have since been on the leading news, with the Ijaw Youths Council (IYC) and other pressure groups, mounting pressure on the federal government to rotate the position to Bayelsa.
But the Niger Delta Strike force, a group which identified itself as the strike force of the Movement for the emancipation of Niger delta (MEND), has advised the Presidency, to jettison, counsels and ill advises, that will destabilize the peace of the Region.
The group while applauding President Muhammadu Buhari for the appointment of Prof. Nelson Brambaifa as acting MD of NDDC, also noted that the Presidency should not consent to demands of detractors and greedy politicians who are bent on destabilising the peace of the region by attempting to replace or remove Brambaifa.
The group which spoke through it’s spokesperson, self styled Capt. Jhoto Koankiri, said,
“greedy Politicians of Ijaw ethnic nationality should hide their faces in shame for trying to hinder Prof. Brambaifa’s appointment, we are aware that some people close to the presidency are trying to use their position to thwart Brambaifa’s confirmation as the substantive MD of the NDDC, but we assure these unpatriotic Politicians that we are ready for them, thier antics must fail and we are now telling the President to ignore these selfish people as their opinion does not represent the the people of Ijaw Nation, but if the government is tempted to be swayed by these people we are ready to express our solid stand with very vissible signs for all to see
” The Niger Delta Strike-Force expressed that any move by anyone to replace Brambaifa will meet the stiffest of resistance from it’s ranks and and comrades”, part of his statements reads.
The group added that the appointment meets the expectation of Ijaw people who were already getting furious over the undue and unnecessary enlongation of the tenure of the Nsima Ekere’s board, but are now relieved by the fact that the government has selected a very competent person to man the affairs of the Commission.
Similarly, a group of women under the auspices of Coalition of Ijaw Women Leaders has also commended the Presidency for the thoughtful appointment of an Ijaw son Prof. Branbaiyefa as the Acting MD of the NDDC.
In a statement issued in Yenagoa the Bayelsa state capital, the Spokesperson for the group Mrs. Gladys Eremieprete stated that the Professor is a respected man who deserve the appointment and the women trust is his ability to bring desired results to the Commission. The women prayed God for the wisdom to direct the affairs and also for good health of mind and body for the MD, and tasked the Federal Government to make him the substantive MD so as to stabilize the polity.