A coalition of about twenty-six youth associations across the Niger Delta region, Niger Delta Coalition, on Wednesday, staged a peaceful protest in Warri, Delta State calling for the immediate sacking of the Group Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited, Mele Kyari, over alleged misconducts, among others.
Amidst solidarity songs, members of the coalition in their hundreds, besieged the entrance of the popular NNPCL building, at about 12:00 noon, to register their grievances, carrying placards with inscriptions including ‘Protect our Nation, President Tinubu sack Mele Kyari now,” among others.
In a statement jointly signed by the National Coordinator of Niger Delta Youth Alliance, Mr Oris Bakpa; National Chairwoman of Niger Delta Women for Change, Bridget Oghenekohwo; President of Niger Delta Youth Empowerment Network, Elvis Abebiyein, and the Regional Coordinator of South-South United Youth Association, Peter Okprgboro, the protest, Bakpa, on behalf of the Coalition called on Tinubu to take immediate action to remove Kyari from office and institute a comprehensive inquiry into his conduct.
“As a collective of concerned and dedicated Niger Delta people, we vow to uphold the law and employ peaceful demonstrations as a means to research President Tinubu to remove Kyari from his position and launch an investigation into the leadership and management of the NNPCL with a view to addressing the urgent issues of the refinery rehabilitation”.
The Punch said the protesters told newsmen that the agitation for the removal of the NNPCL boss was premised on the alleged financial impropriety, misuse of authority, lack of vision, poor performance and autocratic conduct, among others.