By Emma Amaize
PORT HARCOURT— A coalition of Ex-Niger Delta militant leaders has apologised to the Managing Director/CEO of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, Mr. Nsima Ekere, over the unruly behaviour of its members during a protest to the commission’s headquarters in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, in May.
National Chairman of the group, Stephen Ebisintei, in a statement, said: “We, the Coalition of Niger Delta Ex-Militant Leaders (Presidential Amnesty Phase 2), numbering 125 members, wish to apologise to the Managing Director for the way we behaved, following our protests at the commission’s headquarters on May 2 and 5 in Port Harcourt.
“Unknown to us, the sixth management team is desirous of implementing programmes and policies that would develop the Niger Delta and empower the youths of the region.
“We were acting on wrong information as we should have expressed ourselves in a much calmer, more diplomatic and respectful manner.
“We have discovered that the Managing Director/CEO’s is a highly influential leader, who prefers meeting and dialogue with youth leaders in person as opposed to the style of previous manage-ments that chose to shut their doors to us, resulting to their poor appreciation of our challenges, ultimately leading to the inability of their policies to affect the people of the region positively.
“We hereby take responsibility for the comments, positions, ideas and ideology espoused by us, which may have contradicted management’s disposition.
“We apologise for the harm our actions may have caused management.”