The Ijaw Youths Council (IYC) Worldwide has condemned the recent attacks and spurious allegations of misappropriation leveled against the Interim Administrator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, Maj. Gen. Barry T. Ndiomu (rtd.).

The umbrella body of all Ijaw youths described the attacks as unwarranted, wicked and a calculated attempt to truncate the Amnesty Programme of the federal government.

A statement issued by the IYC National Spokesman, Comrade Ebilade Ekerefe and obtained by NAIJA LIVE TV accused disgruntled elements who he noted were stopped from perpetuating fraud in the Presidential Amnesty Office are orchestrating the attacks and spreading falsehood about Maj. Gen. Barry T. Ndiomu (rtd.), a well decorated retired Army officer.

The statement assured that the people of the Niger Delta region, including the IYC are unwavering in their support for Gen. Barry T. Ndiomu (rtd.), stressing that since assumption of office, he has embarked on laudable programmes aimed at uplifting the beneficiaries of the Amnesty Programme, and hope to implement more programmes.

According to the statement, the call on President Bola Tinubu to halt the allocated N5.6billion which was approved by the outgone Buhari administration to the immediate past Interim administrator over alleged fraudulent contracts, with payments already uploaded to the Government Integrated Financial Management Information System (GIFMIS) platform, is an ill-intensioned and desperate attempt to truncate the Amnesty Programme which has benefitted the youths from the region.


The IYC warned “ghost stakeholders” and “Anti-Niger Delta elements and their faceless sponsors” behind the rising media attacks on the Presidential Amnesty Office and it’s boss” to stop their campaign of calumny and support the ongoing programmes and policies of the Amnesty Office under the leadership of Maj. Gen. Barry T. Ndiomu (rtd.).

While it commended the Presidential Amnesty Office over the recently launched N1.5billion Cooperative Fund in the Amnesty Programme Cooperative Society Limited (PAPCOSOL) for beneficiaries, the statement urged the Amnesty Office to sustain the initiative as it would strategically and directly empower ex-agitators in the Niger Delta.

According to the statement, the launch of the scheme at the Amnesty Office, is a noble initiative and should be celebrated rather than being condemned by individuals and faceless groups who do not mean well for the region, as they engage in baseless claims due to bottled anger and envy against a performing Interim administrator.

The statement further urged President Bola Tinubu and Nigerians at large, to disregard claims of misappropriation at the Presidential Amnesty Office and rather expedite action on the confirmation of Maj. Gen. Barry T. Ndiomu (rtd.) as substantive administrator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, as he has proven beyond doubt that he has what it takes to man the office and work with all stakeholders to achieve the objectives and goals of the Presidential Amnesty Programme.

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