In contrast to his May 31, 2021, seven-day ultimatum to the federal government, High Chief Government Ekpemupolo, aka Tompolo, who is also the Ibe-Ebidouwei of Ijaw nation, has expressed his acceptance of the outcome of the consultative meeting with critical stakeholders in the Niger Delta Region, initiated by the Niger Delta Minister Senator Godswill Akpabio.
In a press statement, Ekpemupolo noted that his decision was informed by the need not to disrupt the current peace in the region at a time when all the six geopolitical zones were under security threat just as he called for prayers to God for peace and tranquility, particularly for the Niger Delta, the acclaimed goldmine of the country.
However, he urged the minister to abide by his promise to start the process of constituting the NDDC board now, adding that the NDDC board is very dear to the heart of the people of the region, therefore, thanking all those involved in the resolution of the matter.
“I wish to thank all our revered traditional rulers for their fatherly role they played in the matter, my father, grand leader of the Ijaw Nation and elder statesman, Chief E. K Clark for his concern and intervention in this matter, the Governor of Delta State, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa and his deputy, Barr Kingsley Brutu Otuaro for their intervention,
“The President of Ijaw National Congress, Professor Benjamin Okaba, The Commander of Operation Delta Safe, Rare Admiral A. Hassan, Leaders of the various Ethnic Nationalities for their solidarity, Youths of all the Ethnic Nationalities from the region, Women groups and others too numerous to mention here. I say a thank you to all,” he said.