By Progress Godfrey, Abuja
Niger Delta Activists Forum (NDAF), has called on the Federal Government to make a full disclosure of details of the findings of the NDDC Forensic Audit report.
The forum said this in a press briefing in Abuja on Monday, stating that the process was powered with taxpayers’ money and under this era of freedom of information law, Niger Deltans and indeed Nigerians have the right to know.
The activists forum in a statement read by its Chairman, Comrade Success Jack, recalled that about twenty five months ago, precisely on the 1st of August 2019; it kick-started a struggle on NDDC, with a twenty one day ultimatum.
The struggle, it said, had three goals; i) the sack and non-confirmation of the Prof Brambaifa led NDDC board, ii) total probe of NDDC funds from inception till date, iii) total review and amendment of ineffective bureaucratic laws that empower corrupt practices and impunity.
Before the end of the ultimatum, the forum said it had gotten a response from the Presidency that articles one and two on its demand would be accented to with immediate effect, and subsequently, on the expiry date of the ultimatum, Mr President reassured the forum of his commitment and gave the necessary directives to effect the demands in (i) and (ii) above.
Few days later, the board was dissolved and the commencement of the forensic audit process was announced.
The forum stated that at that time, it had lone voices chanting the unsavoury and impossible ballad but was later joined in the choir by some Governors of the region.
According to the statement, “We are happy today that eventually, the probe has been successfully brought to an end. We salute President Muhammadu Buhari for mustering the courage and political will against daunting odds to pull it off.
“We also want to say a big thank you to the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice for providing legal guidance and all the backstage effort to make sure the process was not truncated. This much we know, because of our involvement.
“It is now time for us to open a new chapter, in the story of our journey towards development and evolving a morally upright and socially balanced society that thrives on constitutionally enshrined principles of engagement, under a democratic setting.”
The Forum also demanded that the board of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) be constituted immediately, stressing that the audit had been the excuse given for the seeming endless delay in constituting the board.
“It is our hope that the necessary legal proceeding(s) would be activated to implement consequences on indicted offenders to the extent of their offense(s) in the coming days.
“We believe that the restoration of sanity and order would be given a great boost when sinners and saints are medicated according to prescriptions of the law,” the statement added
On the issue of the Forum’s readiness to pursue the course to the later regardless who is found culpable, comrade Jude Imagwe, former President of National Association Nigerian Students (NANS), stated that the forum is not engaging on a media trial.
According to him, the forum is ready to follow up its demands and if indigenes from the Niger Delta are found culpable, the forum will not hesitate to call for justice. “Although we believe our people will not show such wickedness,” he added