By Tare Youdeowei
IBADAN—THE Trenchard Tank, a grouping of intellectuals in Ibadan, has thrown its weight behind former Niger Delta militant leader, High Chief Government Ekpemupolo, a.k.a Tompolo, while calling on the President Buhari-led administration to “soft-pedal on its grievances against Tompolo.”
Addressing newsmen, on Wednesday, in Ibadan, the group through its spokesman, Damilola Alade, claimed that “what the present All Progressive Congress, APC, administration is doing amounts to taking us back to the dark and lawless era of 1983-84 when the rule of law, decency, decorum and civilized practices were thrown over-board in a clueless and condemnable exercise in populism which almost destroyed our nation.
“The present administration must be reminded that it is a beneficiary of the democracy that others fought for and that it is in no way entitled to destroy it with a Stone Age ethos of disregard for the rule of law, making one man a demigod,” the group said.
Asserting that “our nation is currently facing an economic threat of existential proportions,” the group claimed that “the only crime Tompolo has committed is to remain noble and steadfast by standing by the icon and father of genuine democracy in Nigeria, President Jonathan, against those who sought to use him as a willing tool in rigging the elections in Bayelsa.”
“The APC should leave Tompolo alone and put on its thinking cap for the purpose of forging a way forward for our nation.”