Ovie of Idjerhe Kingdom, Obukowho Monday Whiskey, yesterday, appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari, to rescue the Niger Delta people from the alleged failure of the Ministry of Niger-Delta Affairs and the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) to deliver its core mandate of driving development in the region.
The monarch also called for the sack of the Minister in charge of the ministry, Godswill Akpabio, describing his leadership as counter-productive.
Briefing newsmen in his palace at an enlarged meeting with palace chiefs, Whiskey said Niger Delta residents had been disappointed by the non-performance of the minister and the NDDC.
He said: “Godswill Akpabio is a son of the Niger Delta, appointed to represent the interest of the Niger Delta. Appointed to uplift the economic standard of the people of the Niger Delta. And for three years, he has failed. I have every justification, physical and spiritual, to call for his sack. Since he has refused to perform as expected of him, we are recalling him as a minister.
“We are asking that he should be removed and another person appointed to replace him. President Muhammadu Buhari must live up to his responsibility and do the needful by coming to the rescue of the people of the Niger Delta. Akpabio is not the best that we have, if he is not ready to serve his people, remove him and appoint another person. So many NDDC projects are scattered all over the kingdom abandoned. “
The royal father also called on President Muhammadu Buhari to inaugurate the Board of the NDDC as screened and confirmed by the National Assembly to save the ugly situation faced by many in the Niger Delta region.