The Buhari administration must be applauded for its constitution of a new board for Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) and the selection of Mr. Benard Okumagba as its new Managing Director, the United Front for Urhobo Nationalism in Nigeria (UFUN Nigeria) has said.
Addressing reporters in ABUJA on Monday evening, National Cordinator of UFUN Nigeria, Dr. George Orherhe urged all Niger Deltans to shun mischief-makers and anonymous critics by expressing their support for President Muhammadu Buhari’s choice of capable personnel to run the NDDC.
“About twenty years after the leadership of NDDC had eluded Delta state, President Buhari gave everyone a pleasant surprise by nominating our highly respected Mr. Bernard Okumagba as the new Managing Director.
“We are appalled that some faceless critics have again, started fanning the embers of disunity over President Buhari’s choice of Bernard Okumagba and other experienced persons because these new brooms will not give room for pecuniary greed that used to dominate in the past.
“Rather, we thank Mr. President for this bold and commendable choice that confirms his determination to ensure justice in the Niger Delta.
“While Ogoni people are commending President Buhari for the pleasant surprise of embarking on the environmental clean-up of Ogonland, Urhobos now have cause to applaud him for this well-deserved pleasant surprise which our people treasure so much.
“We also call on all peace-loving Nigerians who believe in fairness, equity and social justice to join hands in applauding President Buhari for bringing in a team of competent and well-respected Nigerians headed by Bernard Okumagba to come and steer the NDDC ship towards accelerating socio-economic development in the Niger Delta,” Dr. George Orherhe stated.