Former leader of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta, MEND, Chief Government Ekpemupolo, alias Tompolo, has expressed his desire to meet with President Muhammadu Buhari.
He wants to tell PMB “My side of the numerous stories you have been inundated about me.”
In an open letter to President Buhari, Tompolo stated that he is the Priest of Egbesu Shrine, which is the traditional worship center of the Gbaramatu people.
He wants President Buhari to order the Nigerian Military to return his symbol of authority that they removed from the traditional temple about a month ago.
The letter reads in part: “Mr. President Sir, please permit me to quickly recall a similar incident that occurred in May, 2009, when this same military invaded several communities in Gbaramatu kingdom, under the command of late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua.
“Traditional worship centers were desecrated, property were looted and above all, the multi-billion naira ultra-modern magnificent palace of the Pere of Gbaramatu kingdom was burned down, and his golden crown was stolen by the military.
“After seven years of that sad incident, the Federal Government is yet to pay the compensation.
“This incident also led to the declaration of the Presidential Amnesty program for peace to reign, as the government found out that military action is not the best way to address the Niger Delta question, and the rest become a history in the life of those who led that invasion.
“I believe Mr. President should learn a lesson from the 2009 military invasion and do the needful.
“Today is exactly 31 days after (another) invasion of the traditional headquarters of Gbaramatu Kingdom, Oporoza town, by your military.
“The team was led by Brig. General Faruk Yahaya of the 4th Brigade, Benin City, with the allegation that I am the one behind the bombing and destruction of crude oil facilities in the Niger Delta region.
“I was informed that the army was on the loose, and committed so much abomination in the community.
The presidency is yet to respond to Tompolo’s letter.