A group which styled itself as Creek Dragons (CD) has lambasted those hiding under outlawed militant group, Movement for the Emancipation of Niger Delta (MEND) to sabotage the reappointment of the Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Content Development Monitoring Board (NCDMD), Engr. Simbi Wabote.
Wabote whose tenure is due to elapse had come under attack by some group of persons whom the group described as ‘enemies of Ijaw land’.
In a statement on Monday, President General of Creek Dragon, self styled ‘General’ Freedom Adowei, urged President Muhammadu Buhari and the Minister for State Petroleum, Chief Timipre Sylva to completely disregard those behind the recent call by MEND not to reappoint Wabote.
The group said that the Ijaw nation and indeed Nigerians are very comfortable and proud of the leadership of the current executive secretary of the Nigerian Content Development Monitoring Board, describing his leadership as impeccable and result oriented.
MEND and its purported Jomo Gbomo, acclaimed spokesperson have long died and buried, the group said, saying that those using the name of MEND to dabble into such issues are the real enemies of Ijaw nation. They wondered why people could be making uncomplimentary statement against Engr. Simbi who has done so well and remains the only Ijaw man serving in the board.
According to Creek Dragons, “the real MEND is dead and buried, pointing out that during the active days of MEND, the group was taking proactive steps and was protecting the interests of the Ijaws at every point.
“What is masquerading as MEND today is the hand work of political jobbers that have in recent times worked against the interest of Ijaw nation to advance their selfish interests.
The statement, however, accused the former militant leader, self-styled ‘General’ Boyloaf and others for being behind the recent statements purportedly emanating from the allegedly dead MEND.
General Adowei in the statement challenged ‘General’ Boyloaf and others not to hide under the umbrella of MEND to front their personal interests, stressing that they should be bold enough to use their names to confront and chastise their interests.
According to the statement; “Engr. Simbi Wabote, executive secretary of the Nigerian Content Development Monitoring Board is not found wanting in any way, he should be reappointed to continue his good works for the board and the Ijaw nation as well.
“Anyone calling for his non reappointment is an enemy of Ijaw nation, we are therefore urging our dynamic minister for Petroleum, State, Chief Timipre Sylva to completely disregard such unproductive and fake calls crying for the downfall of fellow Ijaw man against the larger interest of Ijaw nation.
“Engr. Simbi has done more than enough to deserve whatever appointment in that board and beyond.
“We are using this medium to warn all those behind such childish gabbage statements, using the name of our revered but dead MEND, in their best interests to desist from this act of betrayal”.