In an interview monitored online by the Atlantic Post, Cynthia White, on behalf of the Joint Revolutionary Council (JRC), comprising the reformed Niger Delta Peoples Volunteer Force (NDPVF), Movement for the Emancipation of Niger Delta (MEND) and Martyrs Brigade (MB), declared support for the embattled Niger Delta Affairs Minister Godswill Akpabio, as well as the forensic audit of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
Below is the full text of the interview:
Question: Leading agitating groups in the Niger Delta such as the Joint Revolutionary Council (JRC) and its constituent groups like the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta, MEND have been quiet on the ongoing revelations and exposures at concerning the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) and the National Assembly especially bothering on cross allegations between leaders of the National Assembly, The Minister of Niger Delta and the members of the Interim Management Committee of the Niger Delta Development Commission.
Answer: We have not been quiet. We have also been watching and listening to the revelations from all sides, studying the situation and then laugh at the dance of hypocrisy that has taken over the Niger Delta and the Nigerian State.
A Forensic Audit of NDDC is long long overdue. It represents the kind of effort that a Buhari Administration should expend energy on.
If Buhari has lost the nerve to punish all those who raided and looted NDDC, he should at least help us officially expose them.
So we are 100% behind a Forensic Audit. Even if it just ends up being a Media Fanfare, as we are now witnessing.
We want the Forensic Audit to continue.
We are also 100% behind Minister Godswill Akpabio. We commend his initiative for a Forensic Audit.
In return, we demand a TIMED completion of the East West Road.
With the same manner and quality that he delivered roads in Akwa Ibom State.
It may be the only legacy that the Buhari administration will leave for the Niger Delta.
On the matter of the revelations at NDDC, we all know that if the Minister and the Interim Management Committee had agreed to a deal with the National Assembly, like has been the case in the past two decades, we would not have heard the things we have been treated to in the past few months.
Nothing will change at NDDC if the attitude of the National Assembly towards NDDC is not re-worked, re-calibrated and re-jigged.
If it will take an Akpabio to change that, then fine. Akpabio understands Infrastructure Development.
Apart from King Alfred Diete Spiff, no other Governor in the Niger Delta has met or matched the measure of Infrastructural Development that Akpabio brought to Akwa Ibom State.
That is without question. We will like to see that kind of Infrastructure deployed across the Niger Delta.
In the years to come, he will be called to give an account of his stewardship at the Ministry of Niger Delta and NDDC.
Until then, he will continue to enjoy our support.