The Association for Non-Violence in the Niger Delta (ANND) has warned a group claiming to be Ex-Militants Leadership Forum (ELF) to desist from its blackmail of the Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta and Chairman, Presidential Amnesty Programme, Hon. Kingsley Kuku.
The ELF had in a statement issued by its Publicity Secretary, one Diepreye Dikibo, called on President Goodluck Jonathan to sack Kuku, who it accused of incompetence and mismanagement of the Federal Government Amnesty Programme for former agitators in the Niger Delta.
In a statement made available to journalists, the ANND President, Mr. Kennedy Tonjo West, however dismissed the accusations as tissues of lies meant to blackmail and tarnish Kuku’s reputation, adding that no such group exists in the Niger Delta region.
“The so-called ELF allegations against Hon. Kuku are laughable, blatant lies and aimed at achieving cheap blackmail. The public and Mr. President should not take the matter serious because these people are ghosts. They are nobody.
“For instance, who are the people in the Ex-Militants Leadership Forum? Where is their office and who is their President? Is Diepreye Dikibo an ex-militant and from which camp? Who knows him among the ex-militants? We know the ‘General’ Reuben Wilson-led group of former ex-militant leaders. We know the one led by ‘General’ Busta Rhymes. So, who is the ELF leader?”
West said the ELF was a creation of political detractors bent on tarnishing the image of Kuku, who has worked very hard to bring the presidential amnesty programme to where it is today, leading to the training of thousands of youths from the Niger Delta region within and outside the country.
“Under Kuku, the amnesty programme is going on steady with focus and vigour. So, what is the grouse of these people trying to distract the Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta? Basically, they are political detractors. I think they are being used by people who are anti-Mr. President,” he said.