Aggrieved ex-agitators from Niger Delta States have vowed to cause disturbance in the region following the failure of their governors to provide palliatives to poor communities despite receiving N5bn from the Federal Government.
The ex-agitators under the auspices of the Coalition of Ex-agitators of Niger Delta (CEND) lamented that their governors might have diverted the money released by President Bola Tinubu to alleviate the suffering of the masses.
The Chairman of the group, Gershom Mpakaboari Gbobo stated this on Monday in Port Harcourt.
According to him, despite the president’s provision, the governors seemed unconcerned with the level of hardship in their various states, especially Bayelsa and Rivers State.
He insisted that there was no deliberate activities and programmes by the governors targeted at providing relief to the people.
According to him, “Does it mean that as usual, these governors have pocketed the money? We will never allow it to happen. We will compel them to bring out the money in a mother of all protests across the states. It will no longer be business as usual. Our people are suffering untold hardship while these governors are junketing in profligacy and living large without showing any concern to our problems.
“We expected the governors to have started deliberate programmes aimed at reaching the people with palliatives. We expected them to add a reasonable amount of money to the N5bn and float far-reaching programmes that will practically ameliorate the pains of the people. But they are less concerned. We can see what the Borno Governor is doing for his people but our entire region is quiet”.
“Are our leaders, the likes of Hon Kakas, the leaders of Ijaw Youth Council (IYC), who are very close to the Presidency, including Nature Dumale, who is also the Secretary of the First Phase Ex-agitators part of the conspiracy to divert the palliative cash? All of them must speak out against these governors because when we begin our protests we will not listen to anybody.”