There was palpable tension yesterday [Jul 23] in the nine states of the Niger Delta region following the decision of the foremost ex-militant leader, High Chief Government Ekpemupolo known along the creeks and waterways of the region as Tompolo to summon ex-militant generals to a meeting in Bayelsa State under the Movement for the Enmancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND).
A statement issued by his media aide, Paul Bebeminibo and signed by Tompolo stated that the meeting is fixed for tomorrow, July 25.
Tompolo, who is a close confidant of former President Goodluck Jonathan, had his multi-million naira Surveillance contract with the Nigerian Maritime Authority cancelled by the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.
The MEND, which was declared non-existent during the trying days of the administration of Goodluck Jonathan, may be revived at the meeting.
According to Leadership Newspaper, the agenda of the meeting is being closely guarded by the ex-militant generals, they may deliberate on issues concerning the recent position of former President Olusegun Obasanjo that the alleged poor performance of the former president, Goodluck Jonathan will continue to affect the Niger Delta region.
Also slated for discussion are the issues of alleged plan by the present administration of President Muhammadu Buhari to probe, arrest and jail the former president, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, the refusal to accede to the plea by the people of the region for the quick appointment of a substantive Special Adviser on Amnesty Programme, and payment of three months outstanding allowances and scholarship fees to ex-militants undergoing trainings in Nigeria and abroad.