Questioning The Morality Of Immoral Open Letter To President Buhari, By Excel Toriomo
We read with high disdain the open letter to His Excellency President Mohammadu Buhari dated 19th July, 2016 in Vanguard Newspaper page 25 by Chief Selekaya Ben and Kingsley A. Dikibo. The Duo called for the rearrangement of the Amnesty Programme and the Resurgence of militancy in the Niger Delta region, which was according to them largely occasioned by the incompetence of Brigadier General Paul Boroh (Rtd). While we however concur to the part of their letter as it concerned the President’s determination and absolute commitment to see to the development of the Niger Delta region, we equally want to make plain the atrocities committed by the writers and the very reason they lack the moral will to call the committed Brigadier General (Rtd.) incompetent.
It is a common saying that he that must come to equity must come with clean hands. Chief Selekaye Ben and Kingsley A. Dikibo along with very few likes of Kingsley Kuku and others are the very problems we have in the region. Their open letter is laughable and lacks the moral standard for attention by the President for some very reasons that I will attempt to briefly state.
The writers of the open letter referred to herewith have pending corruption cases with the EFCC due to shortchanging of the ex-agitators for their very selfish benefits. These cases were instituted against them by Leaders of the first phase Amnesty programme including the writer of this letter.
These same persons conspired to short pay leaders of different camps but went ahead to buy houses at different locations with the money meant for these different leaders. A petition with evidence has also been forwarded to the EFCC to institute necessary actions against them.
Their letter only seeks for national relevance and federal favour in order to discontinue the cases of mismanagement and corruption against them.
The training meant for the ex-militants could not see transparency as these persons used it as an instrument for favoritism, thereby denying majority of the militants the avenue to get trained in various endevours.
The writers of the open letter referred to herewith were the very same persons along others that led the previous administration into a mountainous rock. They deceived the immediate past government at the center and starch away with billions of naira meant for the welfare of ex-agitators.
They played active role in the past government and are attempting to do it with the APC led government by seeking the removal of the Competent Brigadier General (Rtd) who has rejected their evil bidding.
The president is very intelligent and cannot be cowed into substituting competence with corruption that constituted the menace he fights tirelessly. The letter exposed the fact that Brig. Gen. Paul Boroh has spent only three years in the region but it is also palatable to asked if the results generated by the Brig. Gen. (Rtd) is not worth appraising. They singlehandedly acclaimed themselves and stakeholders in the region but how much genuinely have these folks invested into the region rather than milking the Immediate Past federal government through the Amnesty programme while sidelining most ex-agitators using federal might and security apparatus.
We hereby pass a vote of confidence on the federal government and the leadership of the amnesty programme for the unswerving commitment towards the unbreakable development of the Niger Delta region. We also urge all security agencies to be on the alert as those perpetuating this rebellious attitude against the government have no other agenda than destabilization of peace and security. We are so sure that both the Federal Government and the leadership of the Amnesty programme has been doing well and wish them to continue in their golden path of excellence.
Comr. Excel Toriomo
President – Niger Delta Peace Yoke Leadership Initiative