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I know that every sane mind must be disturbed by the level of allegation (which I consider as nothing but false stories) against Gov. Timipre Sylva . I am saying this based on the concrete evidence I have at hand. When I called, John Idumange, one of the

major critics of Gov. Sylva, who was once a pro-Sylva up to the middle of this year, to know why he turned against Sylva overnight, he told me certain things that made him to turn against the governor.

1.He told me that the governor who promised to make him head of the Universal Basic Education, (UBE) failed to keep to his promises.

2. That the governor refused to pay him for the campaign he has been doing for him.

3. That he was the most qualified to head the Due-Process and E-Governance Bureau, but the governor refused to grant him the appointment.

4. He also told me that when he started writing against the governor, he thought the governor should have sent for him for settlement, but he (the governor) never did that.

There was another day we had a chat via the facebook, I decided to ask him the way forward between him and Gov. Sylva, he told me that if Gov. Sylva will give him the 20million naira he spent in campaigning for him, he will not say anything negative against Gov. Sylva again.

With the above information, you can see that most of them are against Gov. Sylva, not because he is not performing, but because he refused to share the state fund to them. I have my evidence at hand any day any time you call on me, I will send you the information.

Below is one the many commentaries of praises written by the same person (John Idumange) who is presently writing negative stories against Gov. Sylva because His Excellency refused to dance to his tune of greed:

- By: Idumange John -
"Peace and security are pre-conditions for human survival and development. Peaceful coexistence is a fundamental human right. Even the Bible says 'blessed are the peace makers, for they shall inherit the earth'. Security is not just the first law of nature, it is also essential for other human activities: commerce, industry, tourism, manufacturing and leisure.

"In 2007, when Chief Timipre Sylva became Governor of Bayelsa State, the Niger Delta was a hotbed of crisis, with Bayelsa State as a major flashpoint. Although the crisis which started in the creeks was originally designed for economic emancipation and environmental justice, it snowballed into intense militancy. It manifested in the form of illegal oil bunkering, violation of oil facilities, kidnapping for ransom and other glaring acts of criminality.

The insecurity in the State was heightened by the proliferation of lethal weaponry and gun running characterized by pervasive criminality among the angry youths such that some foreign analysts believe that the spectre of Colombia was haunting Nigeria . As militancy peaked, the militarization of the Region became imperative. At that time, militants engaged in kidnapping, destruction of oil and gas flow stations and other unwholesome endeavours that negatively affected oil production in the State and the Niger Delta Region as a whole.

"In Bayelsa State, the deployment of federal troops led to the destruction of many communities. Virtually all communities tasted the bitter pills of military invasion, destruction and siege.

"Governor Timipre Sylva assumed office under these grim circumstances characterized by a climate of fear and insecurity. On a close scrutiny, he discovered that the upsurge of militancy is a by-product of marginalization and youth unemployment. Accordingly, concerted efforts are being made towards solving the problem of unemployment. It is not surprising that Governor Timipre Sylva assumed office with the overarching goal of building a 'United, Secure and prosperous Bayelsa State'. This policy thrust has remained the cornerstone of his administration.

"Although the post amnesty programme is being implemented, the painful effect of militancy still lingers in the State. Not only did militancy bring about destruction of lives and property, it also led to the violation of oil facilities, and this substantially reduced the quota of oil produced in the State. Today, Bayelsa State, which used to be 2nd on the hierarchy of oil producers, is now a distant 4th with very profound implication for monies accruing to the State. When this is combined with the low Internally Generated Revenue (IGR), the situation can better be imagined.

"Recognizing the debilitating effects of militancy, the administration went to work by putting in place the institutional framework and strategy for conflict resolution and peace building. Four major steps were taken in this direction.

"Firstly, on December 6, 2007, signed a Peace Accord with all armed militants to the effect that there should be cessation of hostilities. Accordingly, December 6th of every year was declared as Peace Day in Bayelsa State. The Sylva administration decided to take this bold initiative in recognition of the fact that without peace, there can hardly be development in any modern society. Governor Sylva promised that peace building is an essential part of his social contract with Bayelsa people.

"Secondly, government established the Peace and Conflict Resolution Committee, with Chief James Jephthah as Chairman. Chief Jephthah met with nineteen ex-militant leaders and persuaded them to renounce the pressure from politicians to provoke conflict in the State. Accordingly, the Committee promised that ex-militants will be recognised and accorded their respect as partners in the peaceful journey if only they renounced violence. It is against this background that Governor Timipre Sylva is described as the principal architect of the amnesty programme even before the Federal government embraced it.

"Thirdly, when the Federal Government established the Niger Delta Peace and Conflict Resolution Committee headed by former Senator Brigidi, the Jephthah Committee worked hand-in-hand with the national Chairman of the Committee. The Committee embarked on a tour of militants' camps in the creeks to parley with them on the need to give peace a chance. The Committee also embarked on massive awareness campaign and won over many militants to embrace peace. The local and international awards accorded Chief Jephthah redound to the administration of Chief Timipre Sylva.

"Fourthly, the Sylva administration introduced the Triple-E Strategy to engage, educate, and empower youths who renounced militancy. During the Amnesty Programme, Governor Sylva played enormous role in persuading militants to be part of the Disarmament, Demobilization, and Reintegration programme. It is on record that through his efforts, Bayelsa State recorded the largest arms cache' in the whole Region. It is on record that previous attempts at disarmament, demobilization, and reintegration did not succeed due to the absence of a coordinating body and alternative employment possibilities.

"Recently, because of the rising spate of politically motivated crisis, Governor Sylva has launched operation famu tangbei which literally means flush out. While political opponents have deliberately misinterpreted famu tangbei, the aim is to maintain security and sustainable peace. For operational efficiency, government donated a fleet of 20 Toyota Hilux vehicles to the Bayelsa State police Command well as 20 speedboats to the security outfit to protect lives and property in our waterways. So far, the security outfit has lived up to expectation.

"As we inch towards the April polls, some people have started to engage in a smear campaign to deface bill boards and incite hatred under the guise of political opposition. Political leaders should desist from unguarded utterances capable of causing a breach of the peace.

"A commentator who monitored the first phase of the amnesty programme aptly described Governor Timipre Sylva as a 'Peace-Maker in the Creeks', who played and will continue to play an enviable role in bringing about sustainable peace in Bayelsa State and by extension the Region. The relative peace enjoyed in the State is a product hard work on the part of government and its agencies.

"Civil Society Organization should provide a platform for politicians on engage in issue-based campaigns rather than adopt s do-or-die attitude of seeking political office. There is also a need for Community-Based Organizations to sensitize the electorate on the benefits on non-violence. All Bayelsans owe it a duty to support the administration in building sustainable peace in the State, and we cannot abdicate this responsibility."

This commentary was written by John Idumange of Bayelsa State.

With the above praises by John Idumange recently, you can agree with me that he is not a stuff to be trusted.

If you need a concrete evidence of where he asked me to tell the Governor to give him 20 million naira (that is about USD 126542.2), call me on + 2348059360966 and I will give you the evidence.

  Igwe GreatPaulo Cj, writing from Mbiama, Rivers State.