Ex-militant leader hails Buhari over appointment of NIMASA boss
By Ugbogbo Godwin
An Ex-militant leader, Israel Akpodoro, has commended President Muhammadu Buhari over the appointment of Major General Jonathan India Garba rtd., as the board Chairman of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Security Agency, NIMASA.
Akpodoro gave this commendation at his Ughelli country home in the oil-rich Delta State during an enlarged meeting with the youth of the Niger Delta region during which he canvassed support for the President Muhammadu Buhari-led All Progressives Congress, APC administration as well as appealed to teeming youth of the region on need to secure oil and gas facilities in the Niger Delta.
At the brainstorming session held under the theme: Zero Tolerance for Vandalism and Sundry Crimes in the Niger Delta, Akpodoro who is the National President of the National Coalition of Niger Delta Ex-Agitator, NCNE-A noted that the appointment of General Garba was the best by the president in recent time stressing that President Buhari has always put Nigeria first in his choice of “who gets what, when and how” as against what he described as lopsided and primordial considerations in appointments displayed by the immediate past administration.
According to the urhobo-born ex-militant, Garba having served the nation as an army officer where by the dint of hardwork and of honesty and professional aptitude, the job of a chairman on the board of NIMASA will amount to doing what he knows best.
As NIMASA board chairman, Akpodoro noted that Garba would make the Nigerian waterways hot for criminals whose means of livelihood are crimes and criminalities. He noted further that the era of oil bunkering , sea robbery and sundry crimes on “our waterways are gone with this singular appointment.”
He called on the new NIMASA board chairman to set machineries in place to engage the youth who are residents of coastal communities in the Niger Delta region for intelligence gathering adding that apart from eking out a living from such engagement the youth would be able to
contribute their quota to security of life and property and ultimate development in the region.